This library outside of Beijing shows how important design is to sustainable community development. The architect for the building, Li Ziaodong has just won the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, and he explains, “this project is about the relationship of a building to its surroundings and its role in serving the community, rather than a building as a discrete object”.
I believe that we can design and redesign our way out of most of our modern problems. Carbon neutral buildings are now possible as well as carbon restorative ones that give energy back to the grid. There is so much innovation happening all over the world in communities everywhere, let’s accelerate the pace of innovation.