Architecture and Health Luis De Garrido

Luis De Garrido Architecture and Health

At present, the different levels of power promote misinformation in order that any product that can be manufactured, is accepted as “organic” on the one hand, and “healthy” on the other, with the aim of encouraging mass consumption by a sensitive citizen, but uninformed. In fact, today, as a result of this global campaign, the average citizen has come to accept as “green” or “healthy” even products that are highly damaging to the natural ecosystem and our health, because it has no criteria that allows conceptually quantify their level of health and ecology.
It’s not news that misinformation is present at all levels of power and too often manufactured goods are promoted as ‘organic’ and ‘healthy’ all with the purpose of appealing to a wide audience who consider themselves to be environmentally conscious but is much of the time uninformed. In fact, due to this global campaign most people have come to accept products that are extremely harsh on the environment, just because they are labeled as ‘green’, ‘healthy’ or ‘natural.’
In this sense, and in order to design an architecture that ensures the maximum health and well-being of its occupants, Luis De Garrido has identified the main harmful and polluting elements in architecture, which are:
With this in mind, designing an architecture that ensures the well-being and health of its occupants, Luis has identified the main polluting elements in architecture, which are:

  1. Gases
    Ozone, radon, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, tobacco smoke, electronic cigarette gases.
  2. Volatile organic compounds
    Ammonia, acrylonitrile, benzene, butadiene, vinyl chloride, chlorine, chloroform, Chlorofluorocarbons, Chlorodifluoromethane, dioxins, furans, biphenyls, styrene, phenols, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, polychlorinated biphenyls, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, tetrachlorethylene, carbon tetrachloride, trichlorethylene, toluene, xylenes.
  3. Particulate matter (PM10)
    Aluminum, amphibole asbestos, cadmium, copper, Chrysotile Asbestos, Titanium Dioxide, fiberglass, rock wool, mercury, lead.
  4. Bioparticles
    Polen, Detritus, mites, viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa
  5. Sound Waves
  6. Electromagnetic radiation:
    1. Ionizing radiation
      Cosmic radiation, radioactivity, X-rays, ultraviolet radiation;
    2. Non-ionizing radiation
      Light, infrared radiation, microwave, telecommunications waves, artificial low frequency electromagnetic fields, natural electromagnetic fields, underground water currents.
  7. Ionization

Based on the analysis of these pollutants, Luis De Garrido has identified the most harmful to our health architectural elements, and, in order of severity, are as follows:

  • Paintings
  • Air conditioning systems
  • Wood treatments and derivatives Coatings textiles
  • Laminated panels
  • Fiber cement honeycombs
  • Insulation
  • Mechanical ventilation ducts
  • Furniture
  • Secondhand smoke

Luis De Garrido uses none of these harmful elements in his architecture, and in contrast chooses to use only natural and ecological materials, which are affordable, and use the least amount of technological devices.