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We are petroleum people

Robert Marino
Robert Marino Architects New York

We are petroleum People

By most accounts, humans have been on earth approximately 150,000 years. The length of our significant petroleum use will most likely last only 200 to 250 years. Our time on earth, or what might be termed our “petroleum life”, represents then 0.15% of all human existence.
We have an opportunity, in the latter stages of this high-energy use period,to use the power of this accumulated energy to help us plan ahead. It is our obligation as architects to always keep this strategy in mind, and to plan accordingly in our teaching, learning, and most of all, in our designing.
There is only one efficient way to harness the talents of the design world to this end. We must all be convinced of the possibility that our collective aesthetic must change.