WASHINGTON LIFE: Congratulations on the new book. How has it been received?
Travis Price: I think the beauty of the book is that it’s not just another myopic architecture book on lofts or getaway houses. People pick it up and find a whole visual story about nature, myth, [British Environmental Artist] Andy Goldsworthy, and art. Then it morphs into architecture, and readers keep turning pages.
WL: You’ve been a vanguard of the environmental architecture movement since the `70s. Now you extol the concept of “beyond green.” Can you elaborate?
TP: Green is becoming mainstream, which is fantastic, except that it has become a dangerously overused word with little meaning. When I do green, I get off the grid. There’s a whole separate layer of meaning that needs to be brought back into modernist architecture, and it has to do with reconnecting to our cultural base.