In The Atlantic this month: architecture professor Ed Orlowski on the future of green, including a nod to William McDonough

Here’s an excerpt from this article from The Atlantic:

An associate professor of architecture at Lawrence Technological University, Edward Orlowski teaches what he once practiced with Luckenbach | Ziegelman as a licensed architect in the state of Michigan. In addition to his work at LTU, Orlowski serves as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Regional Chapter, the American Institute of Architects, and other organizations. Here, Orlowski discusses how sustainable architecture needs to be seen not as a mix of technologies like photovoltaics, but more holistically; why he wishes industry-standard green rating systems were better designed to encourage sound early design decisions and passive techniques; and how Bruce Mau allowed him think about design as a measure of human potential instead of an object-based discipline.

…”I truly feel that those who aim to debunk the notion of climate change and are leading a general backlash against what they see as the green police actually perform a valuable service to those engaged in issues of sustainability. We cannot live under the illusion that people (and certainly corporations) do anything just because it is the right thing. Pressure to demonstrate measurable benefits both economically and environmentally leads us to the development of stronger arguments to advance our position. This is something that William McDonough has clearly recognized.”

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