Sustainable Design And Its Impact On Humanity!

In our quest to find more information on sustainable and LEED design projects our research took us to this TEDx video from TEDx Manhattan Beach. In this video Architect Andy Cohen discusses Sustainable Architecture and Design and its impact on humanity, as well as showing how modern society’s mega-city culture is hindering sustainable developments and urbanism. Like many of the other TED Talks this video is an easy watch and touches on very important issues architects and designers are faced with in modern society. The video features a personal favourite project of ours, the Shangai Tower project in China, any one with the slightest interest in sustainable design and green design will be wowed by this project.

When completed in 2014, Shanghai Tower will anchor one of East Asia’s leading financial centres: the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone. Designed by a local team of Gensler architects to embody Shanghai’s rich culture, the 632-meter-tall, mixed-use building will complete the city’s super high-rise precinct. It is the most forward-looking of the three towers symbolizing Shanghai’s past, present, and future. By incorporating sustainable design best practices, Shanghai Tower is at the forefront of a new generation of super high-rise towers.

As mentioned in the video,  this is not an Al Gore scare tactic approach to encouraging change and difference in Sustainable architecture and design, rather a calm methodical approach showing balanced facts and figures that Sustainable or Green design can make a difference.

Here is some more info on Andy Cohen taken from the TEDx site:

As Executive Director of the world’s largest global architecture, design and consulting firm, Gensler, Andy is a champion of sustainable design excellence and innovative solutions. Andy has led significant sustainable projects such as the recently completed City Centre project in Las Vegas, the largest LEED Gold certified project in the world. In addition, Gensler just completed the 60-story Ritz Carlton Hotel & Residences at LA Live and is designing the LEED Platinum headquarters building at the Port of Long Beach, and Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world, which will be one of the world’s most sustainably advanced buildings. Andy is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

For more info on the Shanghai Tower Project check out this videos: