March 07 2012

Edward Mazria’s Architecture 2030 and It’s Legacy: The Building Sector

Edward Mazria proposed a challenge to be carbon neutral by 2030. Since buildings are the major source of pollution, then necessarily they are the solution. In his own words; The Problem: The Building Sector, The Solution: The Building Sector. Since he posited his theory, he has gained many proponents: Architects, Landscape Architects, Urban Planners, Engineers, and anyone involved with the built or unbuilt environment has become aware and changed by his ideas. Even the lay people have been slowly moving toward The Challenge. I think the theory of Global Warming has either been inspired by or symbiotically made The Challenge stronger.

When I think of the Challenge, or becoming carbon neutral, I push behind any theory on Warming or whatever else, especially political pandering, because this is not the point of carbon neutrality. The point is, especially in catering to the layman, is the end of utility bills. One could even say the point is to make a more efficient, more modern society. A society not limited by our energy sources but by our imaginations.

When we can stop worrying about scouring the earth for its limited resources we can start to worry about those pursuits that have been on the backburner. Political pandering over archaic methodologies and technologies halt the progression of humankind. Let us hope, that one day we achieve carbon neutrality as well as many other styles of neutrality. Let us focus on utilizing our own zeitgeist. Ours is one of neutrality on many fronts and freedoms for the rest.

Just because the current society is content with keeping dying and inefficient technologies alive does not mean our future societies must. By making better decisions today we create a better future.

What is one thing that you can do today to approach personal carbon neutrality?

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Jeff P Jilek

Jeff Jilek has earned a B.S. in Architecture with a Minor in City & Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. He has been involved with architecture since his junior year of High School when he attended Eastland Career Center’s Architecture program. Sustainable Design is something that he is most interested in but also has taken many college level courses in psychology, political science, and philosophy. He will be attends Arizona State University for continuing education. He is pursuing both his M.B.A and Master of Architecture degrees. He blogged about pertinent issues in design and how design relates to global dynamics, culture, and economy.

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