In my last semester of architecture school, I had a sort of crisis of ideology. I was so upset about the impermanence of construction and the massive amount of waste generated by the industry, that I didn’t want to be a part of things getting built. So, for the studio class that was essentially my thesis, I refused to design a building. Totally ridiculous.
Ten years and a professional license later, I’m still pondering the resource consuming nature inherent in the process of building. How do you reconcile that with global concerns regarding social justice, health, pollution, limited natural resources, and biodiversity.