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Caught between measurement and meaning


Caught between measurement and meaning

Cucuzzella, Carmela and Goubran, Sherif ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2365-0351 (2020) Caught between measurement and meaning. In: Cucuzzella, Carmela and Goubran, Sherif, (eds.) Sustainable Architecture – Between Measurement and Meaning. Vernon Press, pp. 1-13. ISBN 978-1-64889-047-5

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We often think about sustainable architecture as a way of designing and constructing buildings to exist in harmony with the environment around them. We think in terms of reducing negative impacts on flora, fauna, natural resources, our communities, and our economy. For many of these imperative objectives, measurement is key to designing sustainably. But how do sustainable buildings affect the interrelated qualities of our built environment, though, and how do they relate more generally to quality of life for all living species?

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Design and Computation Arts
Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Book Section
Authors:Cucuzzella, Carmela and Goubran, Sherif
Editors:Cucuzzella, Carmela and Goubran, Sherif
Identification Number:9781648890475
ID Code:987567
Deposited On:16 Nov 2020 20:23
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