According to the United Nations report, 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, which is expected to increase to 70% by 2050.

With the growth of cities and the drastic rise in temperatures, it is urgent that the planning and construction sector are aligned and legislated with green building practices.

Sustainable buildings require an integrative approach. This means seeing the building as a whole, taking into account the relationship between the different parts of the building. For example, the design of the facade has an impact on natural lighting and therefore on the lighting design and ultimately on the energy efficiency of the building.

This design methodology requires thinking about the whole, life cycle to identify and quantify environmental effects over the life of materials, products, or buildings. For example, it is not enough to acquire a material close to the site, but to understand where the raw materials were extracted, the content recycled, and so on, to get a complete picture of its impact on the environment…

When looking for a high-performance building, it’s not enough to simply ask how green your building is… we have to question how green our planning process is.
Thinking about a green building requires a departure from standard practices that traditionally work as separate entities, this paradigm shift is critical to creating more sustainable buildings.

“No problem can be solved by same state of consciousness that created it.”
Albert Einstein

Challenge MJARC Arquitectos

In a society in constant change, a new challenge is launched in planning buildings to adapt to future changes and be designed and operated to stand the test of time. I am sure this approach will help create more vital communities, healthier indoor and outdoor spaces as well as stronger connections with nature.