June 08, 2010
There is confusion about what green means for design, architecture and urbanism. Winy Maas asserts that green projects are still disconnected efforts which fail to attain the scale of the interventions that are actually called for. Green is fashionable, but its design potentials remain unexplored.
Green Dream questions what is currently labelled as ‘green’ and in conjunction with experts elaborates how it ought to be defined. It challenges architectural conventions and looks into the potentials of new green architecture. It recognizes that green buildings alone do not make a green city, but also looks at potential solutions within the cities themselves, how it will change them and where the boundaries lie. Is a green city actually feasible?
The Why Factory concludes that green is ultimately about performance. If you understand the metrics and numbers, then greenery can serve as inspiration. Visionary projects illustrate the green future that contextual, large-scale, imaginative and measurable architectural and urban projects might produce for us.
How Future Cities Can Outsmart Nature
The Why Factory: Winy Maas, Pirjo Haikola and Ulf Hackauf (eds.)
With contributions by John Thackara
Edition: NAi Publishers
Illustrated (colour and b&w)