Our aim is to design buildings like trees and cities like forests. The Cradle to Cradle concept drives the design of the built environment toward a beneficial footprint that goes beyond sustainability. In this sense, the projects seek effectiveness instead of efficiency-which only means reducing the bad impacts on the occupants and the environment. Our current problems in terms of energy production, availability of fresh water and scarcity of raw materials, for example, can only be reversed when we shift our thinking from doing more with less to designing solutions inspired by the laws of nature. This enables us to set a positive agenda for the project that aims to create systems to promote innovation, quality and health.
We are aiming to become native to our place, with a built environment that is as effective as nature. That is possible when the different types of waste produced are nutrients for other systems and managed in biological or technical cycles, energy is produced with the use of renewable resources, and diversity is promoted. Cradle to Cradle inspired buildings are about putting these concepts into practice through creative elements that celebrate human ingenuity and presence in the world.
I recently came across this showcase of Cradle to Cradle Inspired Buildings at the website of the EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency).
For more information on the individual building projects please use the following links:
Backsippans Preschool, Sweden
Bionorica Headquarters, Germany
Park 20|20,The Netherlands
Venlo City Hall, The Netherlands
Cradle to Cradle as a concept for building products is well know to the industry. It will be interesting to see where the philosophy is going as an overarching framework for buildings and communities …
On april 29th, 2015, the Registry for Cradle to Cradle Inspired Elements for Building Developments will be launched. This event will take place at the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) at the Technische Universität München.
This is another presentation that I came across during my quick research: