1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure
The built environment, including houses and offices and hospitals and roads and bridges and tunnels and everything we construct, should make positive natural impact. How do we get there? It starts with understanding the parts of the puzzle like what are the sources, behaviors, end of cycle uses, and other aspects of materials we use to build. It’s well understood that certain materials are harmful, like asbestos. But what about cement and insulation and plastic pipes and all the other things our feet, hands, lungs, etc interact with on a daily basis? It’s amazing the innovations we’ve seen over the past several thousand years, and very exciting we are still discovering new ways to ease our impact on a greater and greater scale. Let’s keep it up, while maybe considering adapting the old instead of always building the new?