Summary: Sustainable Transportation on Campus and in the Community
Keynote Address: "Seeking Healthy Buildings"
Eva Matsuzaki, Matsuzaki Architects
September 22, 2005
Thank you. Yeah, I was wondering what the architect was doing here, I thought,
"transportation"- but, I'm delighted to hear that there's a building being considered and I
hope I can influence some of the decisions here. I opted to call this, "Seeking a Healthy
Building," as opposed to "Sustainable Buildings" because that's just kind of an- a bit of
twist on, though I think the intentions are identical. I think a healthy building is one that
looks at the health of individuals, looks at the health of the community, and the health of
the planet. And they are all interconnected, so I believe the same solutions produce good
health all around.
I'd like to propose that doing healthy building is a no-brainer. We've kind of
missed the simplicity of it. I know that perhaps a lot of people here are left-brainers- like
their details and numbers- but I kind of tend to be more right-brained, so I'm going to try
to balance the two. I'd say, "So, why focus on health?" I think it all started probably
with our grandmothers or mothers, who said, "If you don't have your health, you don't
have anything." Right? And that may not be a hundred percent true, but it certainly
changes your prospective.
I think we have a choice as to whether we want to have the planet on the left or