24 Dec '11, 10am

The architecture of hedonism: Putting the pleasure into green living

The architecture of hedonism: Putting the pleasure into green living

The waste-to-energy plant that doubles as a ski slope and civic center. A. We are quite interested in this new genre of projects that we call social infrastructure. A major part of any city's annual construction budget goes into improving highly utilitarian structures that are purely in the domain of civil engineering. The holistic, integral thinking that architecture and landscape architecture can contribute, where it's not technology-driven but actually human-centered, can be transformative. Instead of getting your nasty highway overpasses that create shaded areas for dodgy activities, you start incorporating social attributes and making sure that when a necessary piece of infrastructure like a train connection, a bus line, a roadway, a power cable, is carried through, that it's done in such a way that it actually increases connectivity and creates new activities, so tha...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-12-24-the-architecture-o...

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