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  1. A long time ago I wrote a film called “The City of Necessity”. The city of choice was … a city that conforms with the notions of freedom and intention. The city of necessity was not the product of such freedom. The movie was about Chicago. Chicago remains both a city of choice and a city of necessity. The message remains clear. As Shakespeare might suggest, the stasis is all.

  2. I can only tell you how I understand sustainability in architecture. I have developing this ideology with AIA/CRAN (Custom Residential Architecture Network) in how we believe sustainability should impact the way architecture should be judged.

    Contextual Sustainability: The True Formula for Judging Good Architecture

    Architecture should be judged according to Vitruvius’s Ultimate Synthesis. A “recipe” to what defines all good architecture; a perfectly blended combination of Commodity, Firmness, and Delight. It is our job as architects to tweak these ingredients, but at some point the cake simple does not rise, or the structure is NOT architecture.

    Upon this age old paradigm CRAN suggests viewing this Ultimate Synthesis in a new updated genesis. An architectural order that relearns and reapplies the historic code of the architectural genome—commodity, firmness, and delight— but then adds to this matrix two more elements: vernacular, both cultural and topographic, and regionalism, in respect to natural resources and labor. It is a new architectural order based on an age-old formula that suggests that local materials, culture, and ideologies form the architectural building blocks to true idiosyncratic regional design.

    The debate over traditional and modern is set forth by architects and critics that are territorial to their own style preferences and unable to accept exclusivity. Contextual Sustainability is a style blind code to judge all architecture, traditional or modern…

    David Andreozzi
    AIA/CRAN Incoming Chairman 2014

  3. To build a fairly sustainable society, a holoistic approach is needed. It all adds up: economy, ecology, biodiversity, culture, architecture, energy sources, social interaction etc Here is one possible way of describing it and how to get there: http://ufbutv.com/2012/08/23/the-sustainable-society-of-2040/

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