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A fytreat Centre for 'Wftok tfzatth to the buildings. As a result, the buildings were defaced and literally torn apart. By housing the aborigines in inappropriate lodgings, they were robbed of their spiritual relationship to the world, destroying the roots of their culture. This is an extreme example, but nevertheless illustrates the issue. The architect's responsibilities extend to the environment, the place we live. Every time we transform our environment, the entire earth is affected. The impacts range from the benign to the extremely harmful. The architect must not contribute to environmental deterioration. The ripple effects of using chemically-laden materials or rare and exotic woods can be experienced worldwide. In order to minimize adverse effects on the planet, the architect can impose a number of concepts. These include: maximizing heat energy using a focal heat source and reusing waste heat by means of passive and active heat exchangers, reusing water wherever possible and using renewable sources of energy like wind and solar power. Also, when selecting materials, the architect must avoid tropical woods, plastics with destructive manufacturing methods and heavy chemical based products, whether they are paints, plys or carpets. The negative effects are twofold. First, toxins pollute our natural environment and second, there are adverse biological effects on the occupants and passers-by. It is critical that design decisions are formed by ideas in sustainability, while remaining friendly to our ecology and environment. 43

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