All the best examples we have of efficient ressource use are from the past
We just got this fresh copy of Thinking. Visions for Architectural Design, edited by Marilyne Andersen and Emmanuel Ray (Zurich: Park Books). Among other stimulating content, it contains an interview of Lionel Devlieger who summarizes three success factors for buildings in 2050:
- The building should be adaptable.
- The building should be designed for deconstruction so that its materials can be reused even after it has disappeared. A kind of resource repository.
- Above all, it should be supported by a thriving, lively economy that can keep the promises embedded in that building. There's no point in having ambitions for a building that is disassemblable if there's no economy around it.