As the inexorable rise of sustainable building technology and materials continues apace there is a growing argument that much of architecture still reflects our unsustainable recent past.

Must sustainable architecture shift away from 20th century aesthetics, leaving behind the oil and resource-fuelled optimism of modernism? Must sustainable architecture not only address but express the threats posed by climate change and resource scarcity? Architects Patt O’Neill and Sharon O’Brien describe the influences and the methodology that underpin their visions of environmentally orientated architecture.

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