The greenest building is indeed the one that was not built in the first place, however it is not our aim to proclaim the end of the profession, but to show a constructive way out of the dilemma. Experiments provide data which we can interpret, and which show the need for new ways of acting. This means that now it is time, in the case of as many buildings as possible, to leave the path of the standards, the labels and of what is pleasing and to dare to do something unusual. And this calls for rethinking and courage from all those involved: from clients and public authorities as well as from architects. The strategies of building in the face of climate change could hardly differ more from each other but we wish to emphasise one thing: in building today demolition and reuse tomorrow should always be included in the planning.
werk, bauen + wohnen presents topical and critical reports about architecture within the international context. The theme-based issues offer in-depth analyses, comparisons and background information. The voice of the BSA (Bund Schweizer Architekten / Federation of Swiss Architects), werk, bauen + wohnen is in its 108th year of publication.