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