Integrated design ultimately must define both the form and the expected performance of a green building. In this interview, excerpted from Jerry Yudelson’s new book “The World’s Greenest Buildings” German architect Stefan Behnisch talks about how to integrate them:

We have now the new discipline of designing for a more sustainable built environment, which requires a very holistic approach and thus influences definitely the form of buildings. And we are grateful for that, since the newer approaches to architecture are more content-driven and less purely form-driven. So, the criteria that actually define the performance of the building, or define the request for a certain performance of a building, also inform the architectural language and thus the form of a building.

Q: What comes first, form or performance?
A: This question is not really for me to answer, since performance and form are interwoven.
Q: What defines the performance of a building?
A: The performance of a building is closely linked with the prerequisites, the necessities, the purpose, the location, the cultural background, the climatic background and so on of the place where the building is to be built. And all these prerequisites also influence the form of a building. Most architects have perceived this as a contradiction, but actually, it is not.

Read the whole interview on the GreenBuildConsult Blog ..