When looking at new buildings, you may notice that they look kind of weird, all windows, weird concrete overhangs, plants on the roof, strategically planted trees around the buildings. This is an example of modern sustainable/environmental architecture. Architecture is a challenge when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Buildings require large amounts of raw materials and energy, so it makes sense that there is a big push to make them more environmentally friendly. A sustainable building should have minimum impact on the environment around it. It’s easy to question why this concept is important, or to dismiss it by saying “If you really want to protect the environment, then just don’t build at all.” But, obviously, we have to have buildings, and we have to protect our environment.

Interesting Articles about Modern Sustainable/Environmental Architecture:

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/daily-news/kpfs-lime-street-tower-achieves-breeam-first/8671800.article?blocktitle=Green-news&contentID=8917

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/27/sustainable-architecture_n_5193101.html

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/heatherwicks-garden-bridge-faces-new-backlash/8672859.article?blocktitle=Footprint-big-pic&contentID=8918

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/03/12/garden/0313-CHICAGO_index.html