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The Ecology Question and Architecture
The ecology question and architecture
RichardIngersoll

The Ecology Question in theories of architectural design gained increased importance during the latter half of the twentieth century in response to the negative environmental impact of architecture and urbanism. Although initially formulated as an ethical issue exclusively in industrialized Western countries, sustainability, or the minimization of the use of non-renewable resources, has become a major technical, political, and legal focus of international debates. Any current discussion of architectural theory invariably returns to the Ecology Question. In some regards, ecology consciousness fits into the general postmodern drift away from determinism, anthropocentrism, and teleology (Wines 2000). In other ways, however, the resulting positions of green functionalism reactivate a role once played by modernist functionalism, implying a philosophical ...

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