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Green Building Should Be Beautiful

 by Bennett Gordon

Tags: Environment, green building, sustainability, the American Prospect,

Ugly Green BuildingGreen buildings are needed to move the country toward sustainability, but if the buildings aren’t beautiful, they won’t be green for long. Architecture professor James Vines asked Kriston Capps in the American Prospect, “If it isn't art, it's not sustainable, because who's going to keep ugly buildings around?”

Green building design isn’t advancing as quickly as green technology, according to Capps, in part because the top-tier architects like Frank Gehry aren’t trying. Some just don’t like working in local or sustainable materials. Instead, green buildings are often built by younger architects with fewer resources. So far, the great design hasn’t been forthcoming.

Image by Payton Chung, licensed under Creative Commons.

Source: The American Prospect