Social Design Issue - Sustainability
Douglas L Steidl, the President of the FAIA (America's Community of Architects), persists with 'Inciting a Green Revolution' among the profession of Architecture. He recognizes that gas prices and amounting scientific evidence of climate change are swaying public opinion at 'the grassroots level.'
The AIA is associated with being very active in the future sustainability of architecture. Steidl says:
"The growing awareness comes at the very time architects are prepared to be an important part of the solution. After all, we know that building construction and operation account for about 48 percent of all energy used and consume many natural resources. We know that how we design and build can make a difference."
Recognizing a problem with resource consumption without actually taking action for the community and the world is not good enough. It is pretty clear, to me, that climate has been indeed reaching extremes in the past several years and has not been reverting itself. So many unnecessary, resource bearing steps are taken to reach point A, on a map, to point B. Is it really that devestating to your health, or any issue for that matter, to ride a bike a mile instead of driving a car or moped? This isn't the only example of laziness in our American culture today. Especially as a student living on campus, we have many obligations to nature and our surroundings; to preserve, learn and practice informative, daily 'green' activities.
It's amazing to me how riding a bike puts a completely different perspective on life and community as opposed to driving around in a car. You are better able to understand your designed environment; it's purpose and activity in supplying it's inhabitant's lives with pleasure and ease. The better I can understand my environment, the more I can help to try and give back to it and the people who inhabit it.
Please peep the following link for more insight on the whole deal: