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Constructing GreenThe Social Structures of Sustainability$
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Rebecca L. Henn and Andrew J. Hoffman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019415

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019415.001.0001

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Constructing Green: Challenging Conventional Building Practices

Constructing Green: Challenging Conventional Building Practices

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(p.333) 15 Constructing Green: Challenging Conventional Building Practices
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Constructing Green
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Monica Ponce de Leon

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019415.003.0015

From the onset of industrialization, material production in the various design fields—from industrial design to the design of environments and buildings—has had and continues to have a devastating effect on the planet. Given the magnitude and complexity of the problem, this chapter asks, how can designers participate in the solution? The answer to this question is complex and the chapter investigates this. Voluntary programs are not enough; regulatory mechanisms that ensure change in the marketplace are needed. Access to innovation and information is critical so that building designers, owners, and users can make informed choices. The technology and capacity exist, but we are not moving fast enough. A design and construction revolution is necessary to move our society quickly to the next level of sustainability.

Keywords:   industrialization, market production, industrial design, regulatory mechanisms, informed choices, sustainability

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