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.

Beyond Sustainability: Architecture in the Renewable City1

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 ...

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