Draft Definition of Sustainable Design
Henry Siegel, Vivian Loftness, Dan Williams and Kira Gould will be discussing this proposed definition at the AIA Convention (session TH23) at 1:30pm on Thursday:
The linked domains of sustainability are environmental (natural patterns and flows), economic (financial patterns and equity), and social (human, cultural, and spiritual). Sustainable design is a collaborative process that involves thinking ecologically—studying systems, relationships, and interactions—in order to design in ways that remove rather than contribute stress from systems. The sustainable design process holistically and creatively connects land use and design at the regional level and addresses community design and mobility; site ecology and water use; place-based energy generation, performance, and security; materials and construction; light and air; bioclimatic design; and issues of long life and loose fit. True sustainable designs are beautiful, humane, socially appropriate, and restorative of natural systems.
What do you think?
What key words or phrases do you absolutely want in an AIA definition of sustainability and sustainable design? What’s missing from our proposed definition?
In brief bullets, how has sustainability changed your design process?
In key words or phrases, how should design education change?