Green Wonders of the World (BusinessWeek slideshow)

Ten years ago, the large-scale green building was still a pipe dream. Most of the designs were the architectural versions of horsehair shirts, neither very comfortable nor very pretty. Using less energy meant making do with less—less heating, less cooling, and moreover, less of the symbolism and grandeur that defines great architecture. Today’s green buildings, by contrast, minimize energy use, employ sustainable materials, and win architecture awards. This list of Green Wonders of the World celebrates this shift. (slideshow)