Eco-Design (1990s-Today)

Eco-Design is an approach to building that tries to reduce harmful effects on humans and the environment.

Example of Eco House in Rome.
Example of Eco House in Rome.

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Eco Design Architecture

Ecodesign means using the less resources with a minimum impact on nature and society. Ecodesign was described by Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan and it is an integrative ecologically responsible design art. Its application focuses on using materials with minimum environmental impact to produce less pollution and waste, reducing the environmental impacts of distributing products, making reuse and recycling more important.


Eco architecture and design may include:

  • In terms of energy: significant reductions in heating and cooling requirements;
  • In terms of maintenance: easy maintenance with longlasting materials;
  • Bioclimatic architecture that pays attention to architectural issues and emissions issues.
Example of sustainable building.
Example of sustainable building.

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Examples

In building design and construction, architects are using the concept of Ecodesign in all the process, from materials to the type of energy that employed. This is to reduce costs and minimize the costs of shipping for nature. Recyclable materials are often used in buildings, but it is vital that they don’t produce damages during manufacture or after their life cycle is over.

The Taipei World Financial Center, is a worldwide starting point for sustainable skyscraper evolution. The tower rises from its basement recalling the form of a Chinese pagoda. The top of each module hosts mechanical floors with garbage systems. The building was architecturally conceived as a symbol of the improvement of technologies and Asian tradition.  The tower is projected to withstand typhoons and earthquakes.

Taipei World Financial Center
Taipei World Financial Center.

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Findhorn Ecovillage, is located in Findhorn Bay of Moray, representing a synthesis of the very best at the moment on sustainable human complexes. In the ecovillage, sustainability values are conveyed in the built environment with ecological apartments, innovative use of materials such as local stones and electricity-generating wind turbines. Sustainable values are also in the community’s social, economic and educational events.

A part of Findhorn Ecovillage.
A part of Findhorn Ecovillage.

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Eco Design Furniture

Sustainable furniture is the result of materials that have certain features: these materials can be re used. Anything that is made from materials that had previously been used in other ways and are then are employed for new furnishings.

Eco Furniture, example.
Eco Furniture, example.

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Info source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_design

https://www.gsa.gov/real-estate/design-construction/design-excellence/sustainability/sustainable-design

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