ECO-TECTURE: New York Times Focuses on Green Architecture

by , 05/21/07

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New York Times Magazine subscribers woke up on Sunday to find that their beloved magazine had done a full issue on green designers and thinkers. The magazine featured amongst other things interviews with Al Gore, William McDonough, and a slideshow on the most inventive green building ideas so far. Of particular interest to designers? Features on Shigeru Ban, Glenn Murcutt and a feature on the world’s greenest city, Curitiba in Brazil.

We can’t recommend the interview with Glenn Murcutt enough, where he explains his philosophy of design quite clearly: learn the site and design accordingly. His architecture, which can only be found in Australia, shows how you can achieve gorgeous buildings that, to borrow his own words, touch the earth lightly.

We’ve featured Shigeru Ban before here on Inhabitat, see Nomadic Museum, and this profile on the magazine makes me even more excited to see his future projects. His thoughts on the reclamation of materials for reuse strikes me as the next frontier in architecture and design.

And while the focus on individual designers is great, the real gem in my opinion is the focus on Curitiba. Most people don’t know that one of the greenest cities in the world is in Brazil. It happened thanks to good planning and the will of their public officials to stick to that plan. It is a very interesting article well worth the read.

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  1. Rodrigo Barba May 23, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    I live in Joinville a city near (120km) from Curitiba. The city is very well planned and there is a lot of parks and open areas. And not only the green but the cultural side of the city is great, lot’s of theaters and museums like the Museu Oscar Niemeyer (
    I have seen this kind of things too in Buenos Aires but i don’t know how green is the city there. In Curitiba like any other big city in Brasil they have too problems with poverty and violence.

  2. nativepangean May 22, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    its not the fact that our children will have a rough ride we should worry about, they will adapt either way, but the fact that the world they’ll be immersed in will be due cause of our actions currently. Currently our trends must reflect our ideas AND efforts. As a nation of marketable fluff we need to realize this “fad” of enviromental realization is at a nearly crucial point in which it can either; be marginalized due to its lack of ease and and immediate financial benefiet, or fully endeavored in every aspect to escape the slightest possibility of becoming superficial. Rather ultimately respected, as human-kind’s consistent struggle to achieve perfection in exisitence.

  3. royalestel May 22, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Have to agree with Paul about surface trends. I mean, Al Gore’s an expert on environmental ecology like I’m an expert on American Idol. Interviewing him clearly illustrates the “green” Times issue is meant to sell magazines. They’re just profiting from people’s fears for the future, like Paul here.

    But I’m not afraid for the future, I just prepare my family. My wife and I were wondering why, if so many people think the ocean level will rapidly rise, very few people are prepared for even the shortest term natural disaster. A 72 hour kit will go a long way towards protecting one’s family in an emergency of disastrous importance. If you are prepared, you will not fear.

  4. Paul Martin May 21, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    I mean this more as a general comment than anything specific to NY Times mag, but one thing that concerns me is America’s capacity to take practically any content and turn it into a superficial trend. Take, for example, the glut of spirituality and religion books in recent years by people seeing there’s a market there to be cashed in on. Of course some of it is sincere and well done – Tolle, for example – but a lot isn’t.

    When it comes to “going green” if goverment leadership around the globe doesn’t put more of substance than fluff into it, our children’s children are going to have one rough ride…

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