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Sustainable building design

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Sustainable cities , Sustainable gardens, Sustainable landscape architecture, Green building, Hundertwasser, Green roof planning, Solar panels, Landscaped Architecture, Walls and roofs,

Roofs and walls used to be designed merely for protection against the elements, the only 'bright spots' being windows and skylights. In future roofs and walls sould be designed for:

  • energy production, using solar panels
  • food production
  • water management
  • roof gardens
  • wildlife conservation



These principles are illustrated with a wavy-roofed building, this shape being used as thank-you to Friedenreich Hundertwasser for his brilliant contribution to sustainable landscape architecture and building.

The underlying principle, as often in landscape architecture, is that landscape elements require multi-purpose design.

Green Building Sourcebook

Building with green roof

A vegetated roof, designed for wildlife and for rainwater detention

A wall with alternating bands of solar panel and glazing.

If not used for another purpose, walls can be used to grow fruit