One thing that frustrates me is seeing multinational architects hired to create "green" buildings in cultures with which they are not familiar. The ongoing legal cases involving LEED in the US show how difficult it is to adequately predict green building performance in cultures with which an architect and engineer are intimately familiar, so to try and ask these designers to work in an area they do not understand seems to be adding more complexity than necessary. It also often results in poor buildings. I would like to be proven wrong on this, but from my experience, it seems that the lack of social and cultural understanding on the part of the architects thrust in these scenarios results in a poor environment. Are there examples of successful international green buildings done by starchitects?
Wed, 12/28/2011 - 12:57pm#1
Localizing Green Buildings