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It Is in Our Failures That We Have Learned the Most from Our Living Laboratory
David Rifkind
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What is the most sustainable house we can build?

That was the question we posed to ourselves, two architecture faculty members, when we began the process of designing our home in 2008. In the midst of a global financial crisis and in the context of Miami—the American city most threatened by climate change and plagued by persistent racial segregation—we asked ourselves what difference a house could make. As such, we envisioned our home as a laboratory for ecologically and socially sustainable construction and planning in South Florida. Its design, construction, and ongoing modification represent over a decade of research, observation, and self-criticism (Figure 1).

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