Why Lag Behind in Eco-Design?

I wrote this article to apply for architectural writing job before I determined the place was a scam, so I’ll put it up here for now.

Why is American construction so fixed, inadaptable and out of step with the current world? Why do we combat our own environment instead of using it to our advantage? Our country has used the same building materials (often toxic) and practices since the Industrial Revolution. Our architects and construction professional are trained only on these accepted methods of construction, and not allowed or encouraged to think outside the box. The biggest economic power in the world today, China has recently embraced green design and has been pushing a substantial initiative though, leading the way along with many European nations.

In many cities around the US, people are looking to foreign companies to build their sustainable projects (such as the Danish Boston Fusion project) because US firms are limited and do not focus on building green buildings. It is an amazing project by the way.
Often ways to gain knowledge and credentials in green design are blocked to those without the money to enroll in courses and take the exams. Forward-thinking places like MIT have been putting all their coursework online for a number of years. Likewise, the current infrastructure in the US (the building products, automotive, oil, and electrical industries) has been stagnant in addressing green building concerns.

There are answers that have been out there for a long-time, readily at our fingertips. Over one-hundred years ago, Nikola Tesla patented a method for wireless energy transfer. Sir Isaac Newton’s studies revealed that energy is never actually lost, but rather simply transferred. People all over the world have been working on solutions currently to use our most vital resources, such as motion and human traffic with energy-generating pavement, but sadly hardly any of this research has reached the US. With layoffs in the building industry being so high, it would be a perfect time to allow architects and construction workers time to train and experiment new eco-friendly building practices and materials. All is not lost or impossible — as Newton said, it can never be lost.


About Meghan Dufresne

Meghan R. Dufresne, LEED AP is an architectural designer and writer based in Boston. Interests include sustainability, gardens, art, sound, touch, experience, and merging buildings with the surrounding landscape.
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