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Norman Foster - Green is cool

One of the best talks of Monday, Norman Foster was making the point that architecture can and should play a big role in making the earth a greener place. Why? Because a good 66% (40% buildings and 26% transport infrastructure) of the worldwide energy output is consumed by buildings of some sort. Well an architect would say that wouldn't he ;-) Then he showed us some
examples of his work going back over nearly 40 years that were energy efficient and extremely forward looking for the time. Also, although I have visited the Reichstag, I had no idea of its green credentials making use of geothermal energy, heatings with (recycled?) vegetable oil etc.

So while we won't save the planet by building 400 energy efficient airports as China appears to be planning, it will definitely be part of the solution.

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January 24, 2007 | Permalink


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