What do we think or talk when we refer to Sustain and Develop in the last yearsand for the forthcoming future? How can architects confront their work and ideas within the paradox that any new building, any new city will inevitably disrupt the natural ecology?
The order and disorder state
Architects often look for new ideas and technologies to improve the qua-lity of their work and the way that it affects the environment. However isa well-known data that the construction market has the potential to emitmore than 250 tons of CO2 per year
and architects, as technicians, needsto start looking for a better development of technologies and better use
of materials and energy, in order to make them more efcient. These te
-chnologies must be consistent with the environment and compatible withnature, using materials and services without destroying them.
The ecological footprint is the measure of human demand on the Earth’s
ecosystems and construction and urbanizations have a great impact on it.Ecological Footprint expresses the total resource consumption and wastegeneration within a territory in terms of the amount of bio-productivearea needed to support consumption and waste generation, according to
the Global Footprint Network’s website denition
. Today humanity uses
the equivalent of 1.3 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb
our waste in every eld of human activities. Starting with the Industrial
Revolution in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, we started turningresources into waste faster than waste can be turned back into resour-ces, depleting the very resources on which human life and biodiversitydepend. Also, the carbon footprint is another way to measure the impactof our activities in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced in
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daily activities and calculateecological and carbon footprints
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