Design Of A Sustainable Design

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What we know today as sustainable architectural design began in the early 20th century; born and evolved from principles and theories of architects in addition to physical devices all which precursor those in today sustainable architecture. These premature design elements, and theories are visible in works such as Le Corbusier’s early 20th century, Villa Savoye; and Alvar
Aalto’s mid-20th century, Villa Mairea. Reviewing and rereading these building’s physical designs and their architects design thinking we begin to unfold how contemporary sustainable design today came to be. Examining William McDonough’s sustainable office complex as a finale to these developments it is visible where the endeavours of the past century have taken
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Le Corbusier comprehends his ‘roof garden’ as a habitable space “Is it not against all logic when the upper surface of a whole town remains unused and reserved exclusively for a dialogue between the tiles and the stars?... for the town it means that the built–up space lost is regained”1 instead only implying its possible ecological benefits.
Utilising re-enforced concrete technology allowed the villa Savoye to harbour strip windows, also one of Le Corbusier’s five points of new architecture. Embodied in the larger windows which give equal light to all rooms are the principles that more natural daylight allows for a better living experience, a step behind the more energy saving focused morals of today.
With the development of Alvar Aalto’s Villa Mairea in the mid-
20th century we can start to see the fundamental ideals and physical devices of sustainable architecture begin to form. Much like Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, Aalto’s Villa Mairea incorporates undeveloped environmentally minded devices.
However, Aalto who had a significant history with the Finnish forest “As for the Finnish landscape, it was all around me, all the time. That experience of a working balance also gave me an
1 Le Corbusier, Towards a new
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