Green architecture and design usually entail 'touching the earth lightly' in whichever form is relevant, be it a reduction in materials, using items which are local to the project, the utilisation of traditional techniques or the use of renewable energies and intelligent building / product form.
But life cycle analysis is also a highly important aspect of the design process - not only where does something come from, but how will it perform, last and eventually, end it's life? Can it be re-used? Can it be broken into components for re-use or recycling? Can it be composted?
Composted? I hear you cry. At the end of it's life, can we compost a building?
Well, some architecture students have been very busy trying to find out how.
The result (in my opinion) is absolutely beautiful.