Spread out on a field in Michigan, Herman Miller's GreenHouse facility helped popularize sustainable building practices.
Metropolis examines the state of sustainability in the A&D industry and we hope to build some common ground for the A&D community as it grapples with the greatest challenge of our time. Once focussed on recycling, reuse, energy consumption and carbon footprints—all concepts relating to physical materials—sustainable architecture and design now encompass human health and well-being, social equity and community development, resilience and adaptation to climate, as well as stewardship of flora, fauna and natural resources of the earth. This expanded mission will help us move away from the abstract rhetoric of “saving the planet” and toward the realization that there is nothing less at stake here than the survival of our species and the continuation of all life on earth.
Duvaltex’s Clean Impact Textiles uses the industry’s first recycled, biodegradable polyester, meaning its fibers can break down in landfills and wastewater.