Sustainable Building Design

P. Schmid

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Humankind lives within (a part of) the manifested Universe. The planet earth with its resources is, beside the sun and some other exterresterial phenomena, the physical base of our life. In the last century, mainly our cultures destroyed a lot of ourseIves as well as of our natural environment by deterioration, pollution and exploitation. Building activities are — for a third — responsibIe for these disasters and they are fully the reason for the growing Sick Building Syndrome. Moreover, there are still a billion of roofless people, who own nearly nothing and can hardly survive. Only a fifth of the world population lives in welfare and even luxury, consuming four fifth of the worlds ‘common cake’, while just four fifth of the population have to run their life’s with the rest of only a fifth part of all the available resources. Green Design focus on a responsible handling of our whole environment in order to save enough resources and proper life circumstances also for following generations. But an Integral (Green) Bio-Logic Design has to take the Cultural and Universal Dimensions into account. For our nowadays World Culture there is the demand to share honestly all our common belongings, given by nature on the one hand. On the other hand we should reintroduce a new understanding of and expression for the lost values of Truth, Quality and Beauty. Looking to the Universe, which citizens we actually are, we experience the challenge to (re-)integrate the spiritual aspects into (Green) Design as well. The keynote will be illustrated by practical examples: buildings and projects, supported by Rules of Thumb. Attention will be paid how a Culturally-orientated and Universal-based Green Design in Architecture and Building Technology should and can be qualified already today. Green Design should be an answer for our current world problems as well.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings World Congress on Environmental Design for the New Millennium
Place of PublicationSeoul, Korea
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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