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.

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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.

+ New York Times Magazine