The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.

The Ecology Question and Architecture

The Ecology Question and Architecture

The ecology question and architecture

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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