Rather than a primary focus on energy efficiency, architects should consider more holistic assessments to reduce the carbon emissions of construction

Kelly Alvarez Doran, a senior director at MASS Design Group, was the keynote speaker at AN’s recent Facades+ New York event. Afterwards, he spoke with AN about moving from the paradigm of sustainability to that of low-carbon sufficiency.

What does the phrase “Less is less” mean to you?

Aside from the obvious nod to Mies, it’s a recognition that we must move past notions of sustaining towards sufficiency. This is a paradigmatic shift: It means advancing beyond mitigating and building resiliency to providing a built environment that is regenerative and circular. Sufficiency means living within planetary boundaries and working collaboratively to

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