Build less. For more people. Design Circular.

Clare Miflin’s article in the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Newsletter is inspired by Michael Pollan’s seven word maxim for healthy eating: Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly PlantsBuild less: reuse and repurpose existing buildings; right-size the building; consider sharing spaces within a district. For more people: design and program a building so that most spaces are fully occupied most of the time; design for the local community; consider the people affected by the upstream and downstream consequences of resources used within the building. Design Circular: make best use of the natural cycles of energy and water; design for circular material use; and consider how urban systems can be woven into the cycles of the local ecosystem.