The Architectural League requests support for "Ten Shades of Green," a traveling exhibition of ten buildings that combine environmental sensitivity with formal excellence. Designed for both professional and general audiences, the exhibition will explain the variety of strategies used in the selected buildings to achieve energy efficiency, use materials and technologies that minimize negative environmental effects, and respond to the profound importance of natural light and fresh air for human occupancy. Architect and critic Peter Buchanan, who has written extensively on the subject of sustainable design, is curator of the exhibition "Renzo Piano Building Workshops: Selected Projects." "Ten Shades of Green" will build on the presentation strategies developed for that exhibition, particularly the emphasis on using many different media-computer simulations, building part mockups, material samples, study models and working drawings, as well as the more traditional photographs and presentation drawings-to inform and engage visitors. The exhibition will open in New York and tour to four other venues around the United States.
The exhibition is part of a larger League initiative called "The Green Millennium: Architecture and Environment," which will shape all the League's programming from September 1999 through June 2000. Through a carefully structured series of lectures, conferences, exhibition and a design study, "The Green Millennium" is designed to provide information to architects and the general public about the most interesting, important work being done internationally by architects, engineers and researchers in sustainable design, and to broadly influence design thinking to incorporate environmental considerations.