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Jiat-Hwee Chang

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 34: Tropical Variants of Sustainable Architecture: A Postcolonial Perspective

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Tropical Variants of Sustainable Architecture: A Postcolonial Perspective
Tropical variants of sustainable architecture: A postcolonial perspective
Jiat-HweeChang

In recent years, architectural discourses have been increasingly dominated by issues pertaining to sustainability. The wide acceptance of these discourses of sustainable architecture has led some critics to fear that they will become the new hegemonic knowledge – setting agendas and silencing other critical positions – in architectural education and practice (Jarzombek 1999). In response, some scholars argue that sustainable architecture can be understood pluralistically as situated socio-cultural practices, each with its own history, geography, and politics (Guy and Moore 2008). Despite this emphasis on the varieties of approaches, most studies of sustainable architecture, unlike scholarship in environmental politics and history, have largely been confined to the Euro-American contexts. Although ...

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