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Lance Hosey
Architect Lance Hosey is Chief Sustainability Officer with the global design leader Perkins Eastman. His latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press, 2012), the first to study the relationships between sustainability and beauty, was a 2014 finalist for "Book of the Year" in the UK's Urban Design Awards and has been Amazon's #1 bestseller for sustainable design. Lance serves on the Advisory Group of the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment and chairs the US Green Building Council’s LEED Advisory Committee, and he is one of only two dozen people in the world who are Fellows with both organizations. Lance's opinions are his own. Follow him on Twitter: @lancehosey.

Entries by Lance Hosey

Why Women's Leadership Is Essential for Architects

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2016 | 3:45 PM

(And every other profession.)

Perceived representation of women in the field of architecture. "Women strongly believe that there is not gender equity in the industry, but men are divided on the issue." From American Institute of Architects, "Diversity in the Profession of...

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'Blind-Spot Thinking' in Architecture

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 7:39 AM

"A definition is the start of an argument," wrote Neil Postman, "not the end of one." I was reminded of this last week, when Jeff Speck accused me of "tech fetishism":


I asked Speck, a city planner and the author of

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When Buildings Design Themselves

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Automation could revolutionize architecture--by eliminating architects.


Seven years ago, in my then-column for Architect magazine, I wrote that computerized automation eventually could fulfill the ultimate aims of green building by achieving dramatically better performance. Now the same magazine...

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Toward a Science of Design

(3) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 4:02 PM

What if architecture were inspired more by science than by art?

Sauerbruch Hutton, KfW Westarkade, Frankfurt. The tower's shape uses sun and wind to become one of the most elegantly efficient buildings in Europe. Photo (c) Igor Prahin.

Early this...

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A Force of Nature

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 7:02 PM

Gail Vittori becomes the first woman to win the Hanley Award.

In Washington, DC, this week at Greenbuild, the US Green Building Council's annual conference, Gail Vittori will receive the Hanley Award for...
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Why Architecture Isn't Art (And Shouldn't Be)

(6) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 2:30 PM

The very concept of architecture could be misleading both the public and the profession.

"The State of the Art of Architecture" is the theme of the Chicago Biennial, on view now til January. Photo by Steve Hall....

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The Rectangle Is Still Golden

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 6:52 PM

Despite recent claims, the golden ratio is more interesting than ever.

The Parthenon often is said to follow the proportions known as the "golden ratio." Left: Mlenny Photography/Getty Images; Right: Gyorgy Doczi, The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art &...

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A Building Worth Its Salt?

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 4:06 PM


Spring Street Salt Shed, Manhattan. Image from Field Condition.

Last week, the New York Times ran a splashy article on Manhattan's new Spring Street Salt Shed. The $20-million, 6,300-square-foot facility will house up to 5,000 tons of...

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The Responsibility of Architects

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 10:48 AM

What is the obligation of designers when tragedy strikes their work?


Amy Schumer, Rafael Viñoly, Zaha Hadid, Bob Berkebile.

On July 23, John Russell Houser entered The Grand 16 theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, and shot a dozen people, killing two and injuring...

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건축과 건축계에는 성차별이 살아있다

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 3:11 AM

*이 글은 건축회사 퍼킨스 이스트먼에서 일하는 건축가 랜스 호세이의 허핑턴포스트 블로그를 번역한 글입니다. 그가 2012년에 출간한 책 'The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design; (2012)'은 지속가능한 건축 부문 아마존 베스트셀러 1위를 차지한 바 있습니다. 그의 트위터 계정은 @lancehosey입니다.

건축이라는 직업과 건축의 이미지는 둘 다 반여성적이다.

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Sexism Is Alive and Well in Architecture

(11) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 5:59 PM

The profession and image of architecture both are used against women.

Ghost in the Machine. Elenberg Fraser, Premier Tower, Melbourne, Australia. Beyoncé, Ghost music video.

Sexism takes many forms in architecture.

Possibly the most common is the profession's discrimination...

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The Aesthetics of Environmental Equity

(30) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:36 PM

Which is more "visually awful"?

The Aussies don't like the look of wind energy, it seems.

A few weeks ago, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott called wind farms "visually awful," and last year the country's Treasurer described...

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The 7 Lamps of Architecture Criticism

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 8:25 PM

What is the "serious criticism" of architecture?

Blair Kamin's criticism of the "TRUMP" sign in Chicago sparked a nationwide debate about private influence on public space. (Photo by Nathan Weber, The New York Times.)

In December, Architect magazine columnist Aaron...

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Can Architecture Come Alive?

(3) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 2:33 PM

Could "living buildings" transcend metaphor?


A "Living" Building? EHDD, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA. Photograph by Jeremy Bittermann.

Last week in Seattle, I attended the annual Living Future "unConference," put on by...

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Six Myths of Sustainable Design

(11) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 5:14 PM

Green building isn't as difficult as you might think.

RTKL's LEED Platinum 1225 Connecticut Avenue cost less and sold for more than most buildings. Copyright Paul Warchol.

A couple of weeks ago, the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce published an opinion piece...

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Is Boston the Greenest American City?

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 10:08 AM

The first Sustainable Cities Index ranks 50 of the world's leading cities by their social, economic and environmental value.

Boston Public Garden (Rick Harris, Creative Commons)

You've seen the statistics: Today, for the first time in human history, more people live...

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Lawns Gone Wild

(18) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 12:07 PM

The suburban lawn is extraordinarily expensive, wasteful, and bad for the environment. So why are Americans obsessed with it?2015-01-23-HaysEwing.jpg
Meadow lawn, Stony Point House, Charlottesville, VA. Hays+Ewing Design Studio (architecture) with Siteworks (landscape). Photograph by Prakash Patel.


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The Failures of Architecture Criticism

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 1:01 PM

Many architects are out of touch, but so are architecture critics.

2015-01-09-140218130111cctvtowerchinahorizontallargegallery.jpg CCTV Tower, Beijing, 2012. Rem Koolhaas / Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Photo by Eric Gregory Powell / CNN.

French filmmaker Claude Chabrol once remarked of critics, "Sometimes you are the...

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Redesigning Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 1:39 PM

To meet the challenge of sustainability, architects need to reinvent how they work.

On October 9 in New York is Architectural Record's annual Innovation Conference. This raises a question: What does innovation mean to architects?

The conference site gives no definition, but if you Google the phrase...

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Architecture at the End of the World

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 9:55 AM

"Resilient design" is not the complete answer.

The end is near!

Or so it seems. In mid-March, a University of Maryland study concluded that civilization is racing toward collapse, due to extreme economic inequality and over-consumption of resources stretching the earth's carrying capacity. Two weeks later, the...

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