Make the Earth habitable. Perhaps this was the most important principle in the evolution of Humanity. To inhabit the planet and settle on it. Evolve and develop all human capacities. And for this we had to seek refuge, leave the first ones that Nature gave us, the caves, and build cabins, houses, buildings … constructions that throughout the centuries, have provided us with shelter and well-being.
Architecture is born as construction and evolves as art. Today, that useful art has produced great works throughout history. From humble houses to palaces, from small temples of worship to great cathedrals and mosques, from primitive warehouses to large office buildings. Clay, stone, wood, cement, glass and all kinds of natural or man-made materials have been shaped and harmonized to produce the architectural marvels that we all know. But these materials are not always safe. Nor do all forms of construction benefit living beings and the quality of life.
Today, sustainability, seeking eco-efficiency, this is creating habitats and structures in harmony with Nature and using clean and ecological materials, without negative environmental impact, is the biggest challenge for architecture. The future of the planet and of the generations that inhabit it is at stake.
Sustainable development is the great objective of the present. Development that improves the life of all and that is not at the cost of the degradation of the environment and the deterioration of Nature.
Sustainable architecture already has iconic works around the world. Works that take advantage of the energy sources of the air, water, the sun and the earth without damaging it. Gaia, the mythical name given to our blue planet, feels and lives, And complains at times. Hurricanes, floods, big wildfires are signs that we need to be in harmony with her and not enrage her. And, at the same time, not stopping progress. A clean progress that thinks about who supports it. May she help us to a better life for all.