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Ancient architecture was green

According to John Ochsendorf, a structural engineer at MIT, ancient buildings were more environmentally-friendly than modern ones.

Traditional constructions had to be oriented to take advantage of prevailing winds in the summer, or to be optimized in terms of natural lighting so they got maximum sunlight in winter.

Ochsendorf said that when buildings are tailored to their environment, they conserve a lot of energy. That’s why Ochsendorf helped design a conference center in England with an 800-year-old Gothic cathedral in mind.

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