Foto: Luuk Kramer
As the climate crisis comes into sharper focus with ever new urgency, architects have been redefining just what “sustainable architecture” can mean, treating the question as a design challenge itself. For a long while, the building industry got a pass for defining sustainability as a less wasteful alternative than conventional approaches. Now, however, for an emerging generation of designers, “less wasteful” isn’t good enough. For them, architecture ought not to be about slowing environmental damage. Instead, it should about reversal—about positively contributing to improving the environment.