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At 12:57 AM 7/5/99 -0500, you wrote:
>   >What do you mean by "sustainable design?"  Please explain
>   >it in non-ambiguous terms that means the same thing to everyone.  Is
>   >design that is deliberately never finished so that the engineer will
>have built in
>   >continuous work on the same project?
>No, I think that's more along the lines of a "sustainable career," i.e.
>designing buildings near fault lines.  (Sorry, being from the Mid-West, the
>whole concept is still pretty hard to swallow.)
>Usually when I see the word "sustainable" with other words like "green" or
>"agriculture," it's pretty clear the person is talking about methods looking
>forward to the future in the light that our current impact on the
>environment is not sustainable.  Being younger, I can't afford to ignore the
>common sense in that line of thought...  Unfortunately, all to often, that's
>about where the common sense ends and the mystical new-age and/or or
>wide-eyed thinking begins.  It's then easy to cast it all off as hooey.
>I don't think that the sustainable agriculture-type trends are enough really
>to make any difference in the long run, however.  The system will proceed
>roughly the same with or without it.  (Where it will proceed _to_ is another
>Having said that and excluded myself from the crowd that plans to save the
>world with "sustainable" methods, I am comfortable to admit that I am
>interested in the technologies Mr. Webster alludes to.  For instance, the
>concept of using tensile structures with an air membrane, insulating shell,
>is really fascinating to me.  I'd be excited to get involved.
>Ed Fasula
>   >
>   >A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
>   >Tucson, Arizona
>   >
>   >Mark Webster wrote:
>   >
>   >. > I would like to meet others who are interested in incorporating
>   >. > sustainable design into the practice of structural engineering.
>   >
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