360 Degrees of Healthy, Functional Homes
In the field of architecture, the sciences remain vastly under emphasized. Structures with solid match and biology at their core are principals in the livelihood and health of earth. To explore this idea further, we take a look at The Blue Economy.
According to Gutner Pauli, buildings must be formed with more than their function and local regulations in mind. Pauli lists seven flows that should be integrated into design: air, light, water, energy, sound, matter, and occupants. He asserts that “The composition and functionality of our domicile determines our health, our comfort, and our repose” therefore we must tap into each of these flows to reach its life-promoting and life-enhancing qualities. Such structures would be beyond green. The author states, “These structures would contribute to health and self-sufficiency by drawing from locally available resources and energy sources. They would conform to a healthy and dynamic balance between humanity and the ecosystems on which we depend for the free supply of common benefits like water and air. Such spaces would enhance life.”
His ideas are influenced by the natural flows in nature, each existing relative to the others; none evolve statically. It is this 360 degree, all encompassing approach that takes green building to a new level of sustainability. For more information, read Gunter Pauli’s The Blue Economy.