More Than Green is a project promoted by a PLATFORM of professionals and academicians that aims to become a knowledge tool on sustainability in the urban environment and necessarily addressed to a general audience. To do this, it takes the form of a multimedia encyclopedia of good practices that exemplify and illustrate 4 interpretations, 4 work fields and 9 domains from where to practice sustainability in the contemporary city. In line with the United Nations, the European Union and other global institutions and agencies, we put the cities as our primary context of interest since they are mainly responsible of the problems our planet faces today.

Following the most advanced policies and current global thinking, M.T.G. understands sustainability as an attitude -and therefore sustainable design as the implementation of that attitude- which embraces description, understanding and projection of reality in an ecological way*: i.e., complex, creative and inclusive. In this line, M.T.G. argues that sustainable design must have a clear ethical and political dimension, in which both common sense and the sense of the common are essential.

To ensure this holistic and relational vision of sustainable design, M.T.G. adds the component of subjectivity to the expanded and already normalized and regularized understanding of sustainability (by both the EU and the UN): environmental, social and economic. Following the “Ecosophy” posed by the French Felix Guattari in The Three Ecologies (1989), M.T.G. advocates the inclusion, in this equation, of  “the complexity of individuals, their desires and their dreams.” This idea not only clarifies the understanding of social sustainability but forces the emergence of a category by its own that joins the previous triplet: cultural sustainability.

In this sense, the 4 sustainabilities (environmental, social, economic and cultural) are the four interpretations that, in their various combinations, articulate both debates, forums or specialized educational programs and new urban policies through manuals, charts, white and green guides, etc. all around the world. This is the first and most important categorization M.T.G. makes of its content. Each, therefore, refers complementary to each of the four ways of understanding the exercise of sustainability and therefore sustainable design.

The second categorization refers to the 4 different work fields that affect the urban reality: architecture, art, technology and politics. And the third and final categorization summarizes in 9 specific domains all aspects of urban reality on which to intervene. Finally, each of the nine domains is articulated by a larger number of labels (tags) that not only develop them but enunciate concepts charged with positive value and whose implementation guarantee sustainable development in their respective domains.

This encyclopedia is fed by both its own and other’s content. Within its own content, one can find from projects or advanced design tools to articles, lectures, workshops + seminars and educational courses, all of them organized, coordinated or directed by us. Among the content taken from others, we not only emphasize present by highlighting some stories because of their excellence or topicality, but we do pay special attention to future: educating young audiences (by means of specific content) and bringing new research emerged in the University.

So … this is More Than Green.


*We assume “Ecology is the scientific analysis and study of interactions among organisms and their environment.” (Wikipedia)