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How to Design with Carbon

Metropolis has been reporting on the connections between architecture, design, and carbon emissions since 2003. Today, carbon accounting is an essential aspect of any sustainable project. Major corporations have made significant commitments to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040, and several cities will likely follow suit. This means carbon-informed design will be critical to the future of the A&D professions.

If you want to dive in and understand the latest perspectives on embodied carbon, operational carbon, carbon offsets, or net zero carbon, here are some good articles to start with.

Healthy People, Healthy Planet

The built environment has a deep effect on the health of people and communities, so one can’t talk about sustainability without also talking about wellness. After all, what good is an energy-saving space if it gives its occupants a headache? Luckily, many strategies for resource-efficient design are also good for wellness—think daylighting, good air quality, and biophilia.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, designing for wellness is more important than ever before. If you want to brush up on the latest thinking on healthy buildings and interiors, here are some articles to start with.

Perspectives on Equity and Sustainability

Very often, the people who have the least access to resources are the hardest hit by the negative impacts of environmental deterioration. So how can sustainable design benefit the people who need it the most?

It’s a thorny question with very few clear answers. Yet, over the years, many architecture and design leaders have offered a range of perspectives on how we can start to incorporate equity into sustainable practice. These range from questioning the implications of soil or brick to developing new metrics and standards.