Building design and ecology share a complicated partnership, as the construction of artificial environments divides and disrupts both people and the environment.

Researcher Bvera Hadley’s “On What Earth are you Thinking?” positions building design and architecture on an even scale. She says that, now more than ever, people are aware that the environment is facing major strain.

She found out that the ecological typology “Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest” had been deprived of 95 per cent of its coverage to urban development; this realization lead to an interest in species and ecosystem disappearance.

Peres discovered that 40 per cent of built space across the planet lies outside cities and assumes the form of infrastructure in roads, mines, data servers, automated ports, etc. The many people who live in cities borrow and deplete resources from other areas.

She found that, beyond the basic concept of green building, urban architecture plays a key role in human and ecological imbalance, and hopes to inspire city and architectural planners to have a thought to the future.

Peres favors the development of a better ecosystem: a community of living organisms that interacts as an interconnected network with non-living components of the environment. Only in this condition can peaceful and healthful living be achieved.

She says that the ecosystem must be engineered in a flexible environment open to growth and change, with goals that include net-zero energy (meaning that a structure is designed to take its energy from the sun, wind or hydraulic means), carbon capture technologies, renewable energy solutions and natural climate solutions and enhanced waste disposal. Draw from the laws and lessons of nature, and learn from it.

Green is just the beginning.