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Building our Industry – Eco-Sensitive Architecture

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Eco-Sensitive Architecture: greenwall

Features of green buildings include the consideration of the environment during every stage of the construction process; planning a green building focuses on the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the building. Green buildings not only offer widespread benefits to various stakeholders and society, they also provide better air quality, natural light, and view and noise control, which makes them ideal for living and working.

For more details on green buildings and their features click here.

Since not all structures can be replaced with newer green buildings, retrofitting existing buildings to improve sustainability and energy performance should be considered. To improve the sustainability of a building there are numerous steps to consider, such as renewable energy suppliers and sources, e.g. solar panels or wind turbines. Other initiatives could be to develop a more efficient waste and water management plan, or install other features like eco-friendly insulation.

More details on greening buildings and other sustainability tips can be found here.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard, offers a leading benchmarking service to certify the resource efficiency of buildings.

USGBC also provides some useful facts on green buildings and ways to save.


In some parts of Ethiopia, finding potable water is a six-hour journey. People in the region spend 40 billion hours a year trying to find and collect water, says a group called the Water Project. And even when they find it, the water is often not safe. A possible solution: a new product called Warka Water, an inexpensive, easily-assembled structure that extracts gallons of fresh water from the air.  By Tuan Nguyen. Read more.


Patagonia is an extremely appealing destination for tourists and obviously requires suitable accommodation structures, both from an architectural and environmentally sustainable point of view. Here are three hotels, each of which in a difference way, but with great care and responsibility, offers a truly unforgettable stay.

The Hotel Awasi in Tercera Barranica delicately fits into its setting and stands out for its visual and material dialogue with the landscape. The complex has a communal area with spaces for the reception and restaurant, and following the model of widespread hospitality, twelve huts distributed across its territory. This is an excerpt from an article published by FloorNatureRead more.

Don’t let a picture book become the only memory of our Heritage

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3 September 2015: CEO Blog – By the time you have read this article I will have added Slovenia to my list of countries visited. This will be my 66th country visited towards my goal of 100+.

One of my greatest pleasures when travelling is to visit heritage and cultural sites. Even when I travel for business to a new destination, I always try my best to squeeze in some time to go explore and find little treasures that will create ever-lasting memories in my mind.

I find myself very fortunate for all the wonders that I have seen and hope that my children and future generations will be as privileged as I have been. This is why every time I read about a heritage site being destroyed by radicals, a force of nature, or voluntarily by governments or the private sector to create space for modern structures, it deeply saddens me. I believe we all have a duty to protect and preserve our heritage so that our past can be remembered and shared with the world.

To the developing countries that have colonial heritage sites and to those who have ancient towns or relics, I pray that you take the necessary steps to preserve what travellers may have not yet seen or enjoyed. I pray you recognise the value of these historical assets that your ancestors have left. I pray that you have the wisdom to see that these may offer you an opportunity to build a tourism economy that would sustain communities and preserve peace.

To those who purposely destroy our heritage for financial gain, hate or any other reasons, I have pity on you for not recognising how much you are hurting your country and communities.

I have an old picture book representing English colonial “Maison Bourgeoise” from my hometown of Montreal that I cherish very much. The book features houses that were for most part destroyed to make space for shopping malls and office towers. I know that many fellow residents of Montreal now regret not having preserved them. They now realise that they could have converted them into museums, hotels, restaurants, luxury shops, etc., which would have helped increase the attractiveness of the city and increase tourism.

There are many destinations around the world that have experienced the same thing and so many that are currently facing the very same dilemma. I hope that governments and private sector organisations involved in tourism recognise the historical assets they hold and that together they are able to protect them for future generations to enjoy.

We at PATA are prepared to help in any way we can and offer the full backing of the organisation where and when necessary.

Let us preserve our past and ensure that dusty picture books do not become the only memory we leave to our future generations.


Till next time,


Mario Hardy

Chief Executive Officer

Pacific Asia Travel Association




The Sustainability Treehouse / Mithun

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The Sustainability Treehouse, a Living Building Challenge targeted interpretive and gathering facility situated in the forest at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, serves as a unique icon of camp adventure, environmental stewardship and innovative building design. Mithun led the integrated design process and a multidisciplinary team to achieve the engaging, high‐performance facility. By Arch Daily. Read more.

Photo: Joe Fletcher