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Sustainability is a term that goes beyond the capacity to support the inputs or costs associated to maintaining a building or development’s usefulness. In broader terms it relates to the entire sphere of elements that form the final product encompassing the architecture, the design, the materials and in the running of the systems that address its heating and cooling requirements - all in a manner that remains manageable. In this context, how buildings are conceived plays a large role in how they perform and, more importantly, how useful and relevant they remain in the years to come. While the construction might be sound, if the design of a residential building, for example, is such that it can not accommodate changing needs, the cost of modifying it to do so will ensure sure that developme...

Architecture, for many, is nothing more than the marriage of form and function. The basic utilitarian planning for the addressing of current needs as are defined by purely economic projections. This is an unfortunate possition as it dramitically limits the capacity of perhaps the most significant of human expressions. Architecture provides a sense of place and defines the very interior and exterior spaces we occupy. Unlike other artistic endeavors, Architecture has the acute mandate of supporting and facilitating all manner  of human activity while promoting health and well-being and while enriching lives aesthetically and perhaps spiritually. Paramount to this, Architecture must seek to acheive harmony between the man made and the natural environment while reflecting our  cultures, our tr...

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