What is Green Architecture? It's a valid question, and it's the question that Berlin-based architect Jürgen Mayer H. will be answering on Thursday Feb. 7 at The Goethe-Institut New York. Jürgen Mayer H. will be kicking off "What is Green Architecture?", a year-long series of conversations, events, and lectures that will look to explore the world of green architecture and its future implications. It sounds like it will be a fascinating series and, if it didn't entail a six-hour flight, we'd be there next Thursday. (The event is free and requires no reservations) From the press release: 'What Is Green Architecture?' is a real question," says Dr. Stephan Wackwitz, Program Director of the Goethe-Institut New York. "We want to show the American public what German and international architects, designers, artists, philosophers and politicians have to say about the practical task of creating a sustainable future through good design." Adds Andres Lepik, Curator in the Architecture & Design Department of The Museum of Modern Art, "This conversation is more timely than ever given the rising consciousness in the U.S. about environmental issues in architecture and urban planning. Mayor Bloomberg's plan for a 'Green New York' in 2030 is a perfect local example. While green design may be a relatively contemporary trend in America, ecologically sound practices have been part of the education of architects and engineers in Germany since the first oil crisis in 1972." image via J. Mayer H.