^ As an architect, what is your opinion of LEED? Are you frustrated at all the "green" parking lots, office parks, and big box stores (that were once) going up?
I argued in another thread that LEED was total bullshit
as currently structured, even if the intentions behind the original drafters were well-meaning. The biggest problem we still have is that we think of "green" as a sort of salve you can apply to individual buildings or building components, when "green design" really is the implementation of sustainable neighborhoods and communities set into appropriate landscapes
, or the addition of complementary buildings into such environments.