A DECADE OF GREEN ARCHITECTURE If the past decade in the world of architecture could be summed up in one word it would be “green.”That isn’t to say every building erected since 2010 has been environmentally friendly. Still, an increased focus on sustainable design and construction paired with increasing public awareness made the past decade one of the greenest in a long time. Perhaps the biggest realization in the realm of green housing is that in order to encourage people to live in eco-conscious homes, we have to build homes that are not just green, but functional and affordable too. In fact, a home’s eco-friendliness shouldn’t necessarily be its top-selling feature. Instead, neighbourhoods that focus on shared amenities, walkability and well-designed – not expensive – homes, brought in the most attention. Meanwhile, in commercial and institutional design, certified green buildings became more and more common as organizations such as LEED revised and updated their qualifications. As for the future of green architecture? Most experts say that the groove the design world found at the end of the 2010s is just going to get greener and greener.