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There is no Green Architecture, only Architecture for Green Living. How can the Greenest be Prioritized in the Highest and Densest Urban Contexts for Every Single Building?

IP Chung Man, Tony

Stratagems in Architecture: Hong Kong in Venice - Biennale Architettura 2016

Stratagems in Architecture: Hong Kong in Venice - Biennale Architettura 2016

The 11th Stratagem: Sacrifice the plum tree preserve the peach tree
There is no Green Architecture, only Architecture for Green Living. How can the Greenest be Prioritized in the Highest and Densest Urban Contexts for Every Single Building?

In Hong Kong, extremely high land price drives design for the absolute maximum in profitability from the developer’s perspective. The efficiency rate of the property, which means the ratio of saleable area to gross floor area, is the pre-dominating grading index in the property industry.
Higher efficiency the layout, more competence the architect is. Somehow, individual owners do agree on this only index and have little concern on physical livability. Sustainability is somehow perceived as a trendy fashion, and even a good-to-have or optional item.
How can we stand on the frontier to bargain yet not to compromise livability & sustainability against efficiency and profitability in design for all buildings not only green architecture?

Design has no limitation. To a certain extent, however, some government restrictions give bargaining power to architects to fight for more green against efficiency and profitability. Once livability and sustainability is a mandate, there is more room for green movement.
Enjoyable green, abundant daylight and naturally-ventilated air are essential for health and well-being. Such provisions shall be pre-requisite rather than marginalized in high-density, high-rise built environment or gimmicky in green buildings. The next frontier of green architecture shall be advocated, including a new set of Practice Notes for Architects’ Pre-emption (PNA’P) - Advocacy (ADV).

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  • Title: There is no Green Architecture, only Architecture for Green Living. How can the Greenest be Prioritized in the Highest and Densest Urban Contexts for Every Single Building?
  • Creator: IP Chung Man, Tony

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