“Green architecture … should be considered one of the vital steps towards a sustainable development for our existing society,” says Stefan Mantu, founder of Engraff in Bucharest, Romania. Examples abound around the world. “Sensible buildings that make us feel alive. That’s my dream of the future,” says Chris Precht, the designer of a proposed residential block in Toronto that will incorporate staggered walls with plants and trees sprouting from the generous balconies. In Singapore, architects Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell designed the stunning Park Royal Hotel Pickering, with 15,000 square meters of lofty four-story tall sky-gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and cascading vertical greenery. Inside, it offers plant-based meal options on the restaurant menus and uses biodegradable napkins and potato starch straws.

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