The good people of TreeHugger.com dug out this fascinating piece of architecture, the J.M. Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia, because it was among the "green architecture wonders of the world" highlighted in a BusinessWeek feature on sustainable building methods. The Tjibaou Centre is by Renzo Piano, one of our absolute favourites, and a prime example of respectful incorporation of local culture. Here's an explanation of how the structure mimics local tribal villages.
Just looking at those buildings makes me happier; but the rest of the article is quite encouraging as well, if a little technical. Seems like we're finally getting to the point where eco-friendly building is actually making economical sense even disregarding environmental benefit. Apparently Piano was groundbreaking in this development. Go Renzo. Eating with your cutlery design, food will taste better tonight.