Sustainable Design
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?
Any comment on Green being sustainable or just a step towards!!! After realizing the urgent need to pause and look back and analize where we are heading towards-away from nature or againt nature!!!
Jinal Shah
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?
Green design is sustainable as people can enjoy the nature around them. Even in hospitals architects should use greenery as patients get cured earlier by enjoying the greenery. They provide oxygen for us.
Krishna Chand
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?
Dear Jinal and Krishna,

Although it has the word "green" in it, "green design" does not mean designing with green elements, which would simply be landscape design.

As such, "green design" is the same thing as "sustainable design", at least in the architectural and urban planning lingo, which here should be our basis.

See below, the description of green design from Wikipedia:

    Green design is the catch-all term for a growing industry trend within the fields of architecture, construction, and interior design. Also referred to as "sustainable design" or "eco-design", the broad principles of green design are fairly simple: choose energy efficiency wherever possible; work in harmony with the natural features and resources surrounding the project site; and use materials that are sustainably grown or recycled rather than new materials from non-renewable resources.
Jinal, please clarify your question in light of this information.
Ozgur Basak Alkan
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?
It is also worth considering the fact, that the inclusion and popularization of the colour 'green' as an agenda for 'sustainable architectural practice' may have had its rootings in the 'western world', what with existence of several 'other' sustainable urban landscapes including Jaisalmer, completely defying the idea and the need of 'greening' an urban environment.
Kush Patel
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?
Great point Kush.

Just as the term 'green' in 'green design' brings forward the question "Why green?", the term 'sustainable' in 'sustainable design' brings forward the question "Sustainable for whom?". While the general principle of conserving resources holds, designers should be aware that a land use that favors one species may be bad for another. As such, 'nature' is not one.
Ozgur Basak Alkan
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?
I look at green design as child and sustainability as parent... Let's define the criteria to make the space sustainable for their end user.

Why its dificult to practice sustainability? Isn't it one of the basic aspects of "design"? Consider the situation in western world...
Jinal Shah
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?

The original "Green Movement" in English Architecture began over a hundred years ago as a counterbalance to the Industrial Revolution and the appalling urban slums that were created when much of the rural population of the day crammed into the towns and cities to supply labour for the factories.

Ironically, the dream of bringing the countryside into the city to give the working classes fresh air and light was hijacked by the avante-garde of the 1920s and then as quietly dumped in the late 1970s because of the disasterous social collapse created by Le Corbusier's
"Internationale Style" futuristic fantasies for "skyscrapers in parkland".

"Sustainable Design" is the Hippy Era come of age and a careful step back to the original green movement:)))
Frank John Snelling
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?

I understand how we need to go back to the "origin" after the downcycle effect of the industrial revolution. We all (particularly in the Western world) now realize the effectiveness of "vernacular", "eco-friendly", "environmental design". Knowing these is the only right way to design.

I am trying to investigate as part of my research the factors that make practicing sustainability difficult in interior / inhabitable spaces, especially in the context of the code governed-practice in the USA.

Can we achieve sustainability without sacrificing the aesthetics, function and cost aspects? Please provide examples or link of the website that can be used as supporting arguments.
Jinal Shah
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?
Jinal, in essence, sustainable design should have minimal moving parts, use mininal power and mininal maintenance. In other words, each design needs to work within a specific micro-climate and localised environment...

Vernacular (homegrown) architecture has always used such principles, as traditional architectures' evolve over hundreds (even thousands) of years.

So yes, it is possible to have designs which are aesthetic, functional and economic. The economic arguement for neo-vernacular is that the cost of construction may be higher, but the long term maintenance and power usage costs will certainly be lower. :)))

I am sure Ozgur can supply links. :)
Frank John Snelling
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?
Vernacular, I think has more meaning into green architecture. From my experience as a student, and the case studies I have done on vernacular houses, they are energy efficient, since there was no electrity in those days. Regarding the materials, those that are maximum available locally were used. But, nowadays, more stress and emphasis is laid only on central air conditioning and artificial lightning, creating a very corporate tempo. Can any one call this sustainable design?
Sriraj Gokarakonda
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?
Hi all,

Green architecture can be termed, as the need of the hour, as damages to the ozone layer is obvious to all of us. Architects are to pay a great attention to the preservation of their surrounding natural environment while designing their buildings.

In short, any architecture can be called as "green" if it considers following few themes:

    Conserving energy: i.e. energy efficiency in building while focusing on minimizing the fuel consumption.

    Working with climate: buildings should be designed to work with climate and natural energy sources.

    Minimizing new resources: Building materials should have the capacity of sustainability, e.g. mud and wood are sustainable in their characters as they can be used again and again for hundreds of years, thus minimizing the use of resources.

    Respect for users: architects must involve their clients' behavior while designing their buildings for a better result. Attention should be given to the effects of materials on users health.

    And last but not least is respect for site.

In my opinion the above mentioned few themes may help architects to go for green approach in architecture.

Yes Jinal, sustainability can be achieved without sacrificing any essential architectural concept, i.e. aesthetics,cost and function. I would like to recommend a book on green architecture for you. Try to find Green Architecture: Design for a Sustainable Future by Brend and Robert Vale (Thames and Hudson, London). It's an interesting book. Here you can find case studies of various green buildings, which are cost effective, functional and aesthetically sound as well.

Following are few links which contain a wealth of information about green concepts:

Inam Ul Haq
Is "Green Design" sustainable design?
Thank you so much all of you. Thank you for your time and providing useful information on the topic.

I will be doing research for next six months and my concentration is sustainability in interior design -- of course, it has limitations since the shell/building is already there and I will be able to do very few changes in that regards.

Although, I want to find out whether I can create the same space with sustainable approach and still achieve the goal in the end. I will have to consider ADA, building codes, and commercial guideline in USA.

I will have to define strategy for implementing sustainability in interior design, to make it adaptable by both client and end user with respect to the climate and surroundings and to make the project successful in the end.

Fell free to give your suggestions at

Thank you,
Jinal Shah
Green Design: Design that the bridge between human need, culture & ecology.
Dedy Fernado


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