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By Kathryn Gagermeier

In order to allow room for growth, one must be prepared to trim away excess. Learning to subsist in this world and construct a sufficient contribution without leaving behind a vast footprint is a fashionable ambition. Green building has revitalized my desire to create and has given my work scope to develop. This idea of trimming in order to achieve sustainable living is articulated in Marjetica Potrc’s book Urgent Architecture. Potrc focuses her efforts toward the idea of inventive, self-sustainable communities in the contemporary global public. Potrc pushes society to search for individual inventiveness in order to change the way we think about our accountability in the community. Everyone wants a place to live, and on the ladder of human needs, shelter is second only to food. By building green, we can aid in preserving natural habitats, protect air and water quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and solid waste, while simultaneously creating enhanced living situations. A green design is one where the details of both the interior and exterior components have been considered from sketches to construction. Not only can green architecture improve local situations, building green can progress the global environment.

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