BuildingGreen Haiku Contest Winners Announced
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National Architecture Week is gone but not forgotten. Our readers have immortalized the occasion in green building poetry. I wonder if all that detail work has paid for itself yet.... Photo from Friar's Balsam on Flickr. Last week ... Top Three Haiku From Andrea Lemon , who blogs about the Passive House she and her husband, Ted, are building , we saw a number of poems scrolling by on Twitter. Here was our favorite: No one ever asked When they built the Taj Mahal "What about payback?" Here's another one on the sardonic side from Craig Bloomfield, vice president for public relations at Jones Lang LaSalle : Green workplace? Big whoop. Wait--productivity's up? Suddenly I care. Finally, we like the way this one from Tom Butler, residential green building service project manager at Southface Eco , sets its roots firmly in the haiku tradition, starting out with placid natural imagery and then surprising you with the last line: basking in the sun quietly, calmly spinning the meter backwards Honorable Mentions There were too many good ones to just show off the top three. Our other favorites range from the "brutally" honest... Poor, dead Paul Rudolph His buildings ground to dust, and No one seems to care --Lloyd Alter ...to the practical... librarians in sun hats . daylight wisely! don't fry your occupants. --Melissa Haertsch ...to the Whitmanian... Up from the black fields Green buildings growing tall, Life sustainable! --Daniel Garcia ...the paradoxical... Early green builders Soon joined by large numbers Head up to zero --Boone Guyton ...and, finally, the cosmic. Stormwater splashes roof -- Managing runoff credits Scorecard and God-card --Steve Knight Keep them coming We don't know yet whether we'll repeat this contest next year, but it's too much fun to stop anyway! If you feel inspired, please add more in the comments below and keep using #GreenBuildingHaiku on Twitter to share your poems.