Sustainability

The elusive business case for green building

The tenant-landlord exchange was once simple: a certain rent entitled you to a certain quality of space. Sustainability has changed the dialogue with tenants in a dramatic way. There’s more talk than ever about how a more sustainable building can benefit its occupants, and even help businesses retain employees. Despite these changes, we have a long way to go before businesses can generate metrics showing that healthier workspaces make for more productive employees.

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Reimagining housing for the poor and cities without cars

A slum or a squatter’s settlement isn’t where one expects to find an architect.

Yet, it’s in those communities on three different continents that Vikram Bhatt has spent most of his distinguished career.

What he’s learned from the people who live in some of the worst places in the world has informed his 40 years of teaching at McGill University and led to his designs for minimum-cost housing that have been used in China, India and Mexico.

Read the full article by Daphne Bramham by clicking here.