Gallery: INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces ...

Daylighting from Multiple Sides © Iwan Baan

Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing buildings by 50 percent before 2030. To help hit those targets, he has just publicly launched a unique new initiative called the 2030 Palette—a robust, visually oriented, online design tool that strives to help design low-impact, people friendly built environments from buildings to cities. We visited Mazria’s offices in Santa Fe, where we spoke with him in-depth about the new website, his work, and how sustainable development can save us from the worst climate change has to offer.

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  1. Tieme June 5, 2013 at 4:33 am

    water retention next to the sea? If reuse it in a right way I guess it would be interesting, But is it really necessary in this case?

    Adding green space is acceptable, yet wasn’t exploited in this project (assuming this is the resort in Sanya, China) Going through the whole resort, the green roof was not seen by our whole team. So why spending so much money on something not visible?

    Improved air quality (proven fact) is debatable here as this is located directly near the beach, strong winds.

    Improved water quality, should first see what has been done with the water (after retaining it). The article doesn’t state anything about this.

    It’s smart to add value, yet this is a resort and not a residence. I think the board is less concerned about the amount of electricity being spend on air con’s and more about turning profit.

    Seeing articles like these I often think that people make more out of landscape architecture than that it really is.

    One last thing to end with, the entrance was very nicely done, reception as well. Overlooking the pond and main swimming pool was great. Perfect stone detailing! And the design of the bar was interesting as well. Definitely a place I could recommend.

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