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Is It Time For the Anti-LEED?

Steve Mouzon, a principal of Studio Sky and Mouzon Design, is an architect, urbanist, author, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which hosts Project:SmartDwelling. The Guild’s non-profit affiliate is the Guild Foundation, which hosts the Original Green initiative

The LEED rating systems were a great idea in the beginning, but they have become a symbol of all that is wrong with green building today. Getting a LEED rating is slow, difficult, and expensive, and the rating is skewed heavily to Gizmo Green solutions that are completely ignorant of where the building is being built, and for whom. We need the opposite sort of system today: one that is intelligent about where a building is built and who it’s being built for, and that is fast, friendly, and free so that anyone can use it.

UIA Commits to Zero Carbon Emissions with "2050 Imperative"

At its World Congress event in Durban last week, the International Union of Architects (UIA)'s 124 member organizations declared their commitment to sustainable architecture by unanimously adopting the 2050 Imperative, a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the built environment to zero by mid-century.

The adoption of the 2050 Imperative was planned to coincide with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference that will reconvene in Paris in 2015, and has as one of its aims a plan to phase out CO2 emissions from the power and industrial sectors by 2050. The UIA stated their aim to "send a strong message to the Parties of the UNFCCC, and to the world, that we are committed to a truly sustainable and equitable future."

Read on after the break for more detail from the 2050 Imperative, including 5 key objectives

Siu Sai Wan Complex / Ronald Lu and Partners

  • Architects: Ronald Lu and Partners
  • Location: Chai Wan, Hong Kong
  • Site Area: 4,400 sqm
  • Area: 25,930 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Ronald Lu and Partners

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ZCB Zero Carbon Building / Ronald Lu and Partners

  • Architects: Ronald Lu and Partners
  • Location: Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
  • Area: 3,300 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ronald Lu and Partners

© Ronald Lu and Partners © Ronald Lu and Partners © Ronald Lu and Partners © Ronald Lu and Partners