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Monday, January 31, 2011

#Sustainable Design and Green Building from 1939

There's nothing like having a 3 year old in the house. Why is it that if we did the same over and over again in our adult life, we'd be tagged with obsessive compulsive disorder, but it's perfectly fine for a 2 or 3 year old to watch the same movie over and over and over and over again without any medical diagnosis other than the parents going nuts.

Well, JR loves the Wizard of Oz. There was something interesting that I saw in the movie and I don't remember if it was during the 20th or 200th viewing of the movie. I'm sure you've seen the movie yourself, but did you ever pay attention to the scene with the witch on top of the roof?

Guess what? It's a green roof. Yup, just like the ones you're starting to design right now. How did they know back then to be so sustainable? On another note, it looks like the tin man was made from recycled materials and the scarecrow was made with all organic fiber which was also a great insulator.

Last, but not least, where did Dorothy go? To the Emerald City of course. Did you notice it's green. Green...emerald. Oh my gosh, an entire green city back in 1939.

As we try to incorporate green design and sustainability into our modern day lives, take a moment to think about this classic movie and ponder the amount of green designed into it.



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