Mission

Sustainability means better knowledge of the materials and energy involved in the construction of our built world.

This leads to a better design process where a company improves their overall workflow and design strategies based on insights into the materials they use and the impact they have on the environment.

Do you want to know which of your projects used the most concrete as a percentage of the built volume?

Would you like to know what the effect of a passive strategy will have on your overall carbon footprint balance?

Would you like to test alternative materials to replace carbon-intensive elements in your design?

Vision

“Sustainability involves urban planning, transport, reorganization of living habitats such as municipalities and cities, reappraising architectural work practices, and designing systems in a flexible and reversible manner, adjusting individual lifestyles to conserve natural resources.”

- Wikipedia article on sustainability

The responsibility that designers of all kinds have towards a sustainable future for humanity is overwhelming. From urban planners to product designers, every execution of a change to the environment around us is by definition either contributing or harming our individual and collective well-being and helps to improve or further degrades our built environment.

In recent decades, many advancements have been made by a large community in order to integrate and increase fluent collaboration between the professions of architecture, engineering and construction. This is a marvelous development and allows projects to be coordinated between professionals in an unprecedented manner. Nevertheless, the benefits of this kind of collaboration remain within the realms of the companies involved in the specific project, and do not lend the details of the solution to a wider public audience, at least not without considerable effort.

As we journey through the 21st century on a spaceship called earth, our collective narrative is becoming one where two truths appear to be evident:

 

1. The role of the built environment is crucial with regard to any sustainable future.

2. If we are to reach a more sustainable version of reality, we must acknowledge that it is a process.

Precisely because it is a process, a transition from unsustainable to sustainable solutions inherently requires of us to provide incrementally better alternatives to the existing. Unsustainable apartment buildings will have to become sustainable apartment buildings, unsustainable offices will have to become sustainable offices, unsustainable museums to sustainable museums and so on.

What this means is the transformation of every kind of architectural type into a sustainable version of itself. The word version is crucial. Not only do we need to retain aspects of current designs (for functional, regulatory and cultural reasons), we must also confront the fact that any better solutions that we arrive at in the near future will not be the absolute best, and certainly not the last.

From a global perspective, if there is a certain amount of building stock on the planet, and we wish to transform it into a more sustainable version, we must acknowledge two conditions:

A. To make the process as swift as possible, we have to maximize the capacity of any solution to be copied.

B. Multiple iterations will be necessary in order to reach an optimal solution.

Condition A leads us to state that any proposed design must share its data relevant to an improvement of the built environment such as but not limited to: material quantities, carbon footprint, energetic strategies, psychological and health effects, climate data, technological innovation, methods of construction and much more.

Condition B leads us to state that designers of all professions should shift to a knowledge exchange of accepting and giving feedback to and from a larger community of designs which we all share as one species.

If we are to collectively work as a species towards a more sustainable built environment, we must all contribute to a shared and accessible library of knowledge which illuminates all data relevant to sustainable design, based on practical examples and which will allow a massive scale of iteration, improvement, evaluation, discussion and learning.