Previous Chapter Chapter 33: Beyond Sustainability: Architecture in the Renewable City1 Next Chapter

  • Citations
  • Add to My List
  • Text Size

Beyond Sustainability: Architecture in the Renewable City1
Beyond sustainability: Architecture in the renewable city

New concepts enter architecture, landscape and urban design. ‘Mitigation’, ‘adaptation’, ‘zero-emissions’, ‘climate protection’, ‘low-carbon’, ‘carbon neutral’ or ‘post-fossil’ design are to resuscitate meaning in that worn word, ‘sustainability’. Even terms borrowed from psychology are rallied to the battle: ‘resilience’ denotes the presumed ability to brave the adversities of climate change, energy and economic risks. The deluge of words belies the fact that comprehension and action lag behind the pace of climate change. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations exceed safe levels by more than one third (Schellnhuber 2009, Hansen et al. 2008). To refer to this enormous problem as a ‘sustainability challenge’ is to marginalize, even trivialize. Naked survival is at stake. Were serious activity ...

Looks like you do not have access to this content.


Don’t know how to login?

Click here for free trial login.

Back to Top

Copy and paste the following HTML into your website