Europe's Architecture Trendsetters

In interviews with key figures at four of the most influential European architecture firms, the constant theme was that architecture philosophy needs to recognize that eco-friendly design is the future of design innovation.

As economic and environmental factors have a greater influence on the design process, "'we as architects must become activists' says Enric Ruiz-Geli, founding principal of Cloud9 architects."

"'It's not about square meters, or budget, or how big your building is, but about how deep your ideas are, your research, your technology-and how social is the result,' Mr. Ruiz-Geli says."

The Wall Street Journal's Natalia Rachlin reported and wrote this story.

Full Story: Living Architecture in Europe



Living Architecture??

Some of these projects are worse than others.

Judging from the picture, being in the Sandal Magna Community Primary School will feel like being in a prison. The architect does not understand the very basic point that large expanses of blank walls feel oppressive.

Likewise, being in SeARCH's underground buildings will feel like being in a prison. But the funniest thing about their picture of an underground alpine hotel is that it has no parking and no access roads - not even pedestrian paths. There is just a pure white landscape of snow with a few windows peaking out. Add its roads and parking to the picture, and this project would not look as sustainable as the architect claims.

Charles Siegel

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