Posted by Richard Haut on October 04, 2002 at 20:24:33:
In Reply to: sustainable architecture posted by Antonio Coleman on October 04, 2002 at 18:43:25:
no, it is a very ancient idea.
when the remarkable Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy was looking at the problem of providing housing without importing alien techniques, such as concrete, steel, etc. his notion of returning to the idea of using the old local technique of mud bricks was sneered at. He was told by 'experts' that it wouldn't last. He took them to see structures thousands of years old.
the recent emergence of the notion of 'sustainable' gives rise to the suspicion that there are those who have not quite grasped that built-in obsolescence results in things that do not last.
many people confuse shoddy marketing and slack-brained greed with progress. The stockmarket 'guru' Warren Buffet has very recently said that he believes that there will be a return to normal common sense. Common sense and humility can result in progress in architecture - progress within which sustainability forms an integral and, to an extent, obvious part.
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