“Most (modern) buildings reflect no understanding of ecology or ecological processes. Most tell its users that knowing where they are is unimportant. Most tell its users that energy is cheap and abundant and can be squandered. Most are provisioned with materials and water and dispose of its wastes in ways that tell their occupants that we are not part of a larger web of life. Most resonate with no part of our biology, evolutionary experience, or aesthetic sensibilities.”

Orr, D, 1999, Architecture as Pedagogy in “Reshaping the Built Environment” edited by C. Kilbert. Washington, DC. Island Press.


“Contrary to so much of architecture – especially residential, whose mandate stops at the property line – sustainable building recognises that the social, economic and environmental effects of each detail lie far beyond the bounds of the object.”

Henna Chan, 2007, Contemporary Design in Detail – Sustainable Environments 


“Today, we have not only sophisticated technologies at our disposal, but also many insights into a modern use of traditional, locally available, renewable building materials. All that is lacking is the will to question conventional, wasteful practices with rigour and consistency. The key lies with humans, not with technology.”

Dominique Gauzin-Muller, A Short History of Sustainable Architecture –  Holistic Housing 2012


“We can’t wait for government to save our environment. If it is going to be saved, it will be saved by the actions of millions of individuals, each doing the small things that make sense to them. When the people lead, the leaders must follow. This book is a guide to the path we can take to make our future sustainable. That is not just a noble goal in itself, but it is also a responsibility: to our children, to all future generations and to all the millions of other species who share this world with us.”

Ian Lowe, forward to Sustainable House by Michael Mobbs 1998


“One barrel of oil yields as much energy as twenty-five thousand hours of human manual labor – more than a decade of human labor per barrel. The average American uses twenty-five barrels each year, which is like finding three hundred years of free labor each annually.”

Bill McKibben, Eaarth, making a life on a tough new planet – Times Books 2010


“Through the one-time-only process of extracting and burning hundreds of millions of years’ worth of chemically stored sunlight, we built what appeared (for a brief, shining moment) to be a perpetual-growth machine. We learned to take what was in fact an extraordinary situation for granted. It became normal.”

Richard Heinberg, The End of Growth, Adapting to our new economic reality, New Society Publishers 2011