Debunking myths in Sustainable Green architecture — RTF | Rethinking The Future

“In the West, the myths of technology and progress are being replaced by a concern for environment, for ecology. Man’s thoughts, actions — and architecture — will change to reflect this,” -Charles Correa

Mountain Forest Hotel, Italy ©Stefano Boeri Architetti 2017

Architecture has started as a means of sustenance and journey through time — as a means of expression, a form of power, a status symbol. In this journey, the world realized the power architecture holds in itself to impact what surrounds it. So, when climate and environment were endangered, all eyes looked up to architecture to be the harbinger of the revolution.

Green architecture became a ‘thing’ around the 1960s when the building industry decided that it will be a little more conscious of its impacts on the environment. The building contributes almost forty percent of the factors causing environmental degradation, majorly through the waste produced during the manufacture of materials and the construction process itself.

What was earlier considered ‘primitive’ has now become a mainstream idea of the design world. As is with every new idea, in the beginning, the definition of green and sustainable is still a little foggy. The general population and even most architects have associated many misconceptions with green architecture.

The following are the five most common myths about green building practices that need to be debunked.

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