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Leading US green builder speaks about 'Fortune-creating' architecture at Aspen Institute
by Global Good News staff writer
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12 June 2009
The Aspen Institute, an international organization working on environmental and economic concerns, invited Dr Jeffrey Abramson, a leading real estate developer and green building expert, to speak at its March forum titled 'Powering the Planet: Energy for the Long Haul'.
Dr Abramson is a senior partner at The Tower Companies, the largest green builder in the Washington, DC area. The companies' portfolio consists of 4.5 million square feet (418,000 sq metres) of office buildings, apartment buildings, and hotels. One million square feet are green or sustainable projects (including six LEED certified buildings), and another 2.5 million square feet are in planning stages to be green or sustainable.
Recently recounting his presentation to the Aspen Institute audience, Dr Abramson said, 'We need to expand our concept of the cities of the future . . . to learn how to harness Nature's intelligence within the built environment.' He proposed that a truly healthy city displays more than merely economical, ecological, and environmental balance. It should have no crime or poverty, create health, enhance creativity and success, raise educational outcomes, 'and even enhance spiritual fulfilment'.
'I've always seen real estate as fulfiling a spiritual need. It brings people together. . . . Is it possible [for] the built environment [to go] beyond this one idea of connecting people, to where we can connect our lives, our thinking, all our actions, to the very intelligence that runs the universe in perfect order?'
'Human beings respond to space. We feel it. It holds us back or it elevates the spirit. . . . [There must be] a science that allows the built environment to positively affect people.'
Global Good News will feature the continuation of Dr Abramson's address at the Aspen Institute in the coming days, in which he describes the science of Vedic architecture, the purpose of which is to connect individual life with cosmic life.
* Please see the previous Global Good News article about The Tower Building's numerous awards, including LEED Platinum certification.
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