Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture
Architizer is hosting the world’s definitive architectural awards program, with 50+ categories and 200+ jurors. As part of an ongoing series, we’re spotlighting projects that fit into “Plus” categories, including “Sustainability,” that tap into topical and culturally relevant themes. To see a full list of categories and learn more about the awards, visit architizerawards.com.
Today, architecture finds itself at a crossroads. Building materials and new construction, along with the operation and maintenance of buildings, account for a significant sum of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Faced with this fact, how are architects to responsibly pursue the act (and art) of architecture without further deteriorating the planet’s environmental make-up or depleting its resources? What forms of high and low technology can be developed to curtail the injurious side of building? Can good—or even great—architecture be sustainable?
The answer, of course, is yes. The best buildings have always shown a concern for their immediate environs and how they fit in them, whether they were conscious of “sustainability” or not. Now, all architects and buildings are expected to be engaged with sustainable standards, such as LEED titles, photovoltaic cells, or green roofs—all things that these 10 projects have in common. Check out our favorite projects in architecture + sustainability below:
Designed by Boeri Studio
Sustainable feature: The world’s first vertical “forest” that absorbs carbon and dust, while shading and cooling the residential towers.
Learn more about this project here.
Designed by Hopkins Architects Partnership LLP
Sustainable feature: The London Olympics’ most sustainable structure, the Velodrome is energy-efficient, collects rainwater, implements a passive cooling system, and was designed to use a significantly smaller amount of steel than its neighboring icons.
Learn more about this project here and in the Architizer database here.