Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Architectural Record recently published it's awards for residential housing, which generated this letter to the editor:
I notice most of the houses in your 2008 Record Houses issue make some claim to sustainability. I think this does a disservice to the profession, ruins our credibility, and strains the public’s credulity. Single-family homes are inherently unsustainable and even antisustainable. Sustainable single-family housing is an oxymoron, like hybrid SUVs. Even Dwell has begun to admit they probably aren’t an optimum approach. When will McGraw-Hill catch on?
There you have the definition of a self-absorbed nanny state environmentalist. If you have the gall to live in (or, one presumes, even design) a single family dwelling, you are committing the unpardonable sin of "antisustainability." I am sure there are a myriad of other unsustainable activities this ass would be happy to lecture us about as well.


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