The Essential Role of Sustainable Architecture


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The Essential Role of Sustainable Architecture
My essay will discuss the difficult nature of orchestrating sustainable architecture and the advantages of adhering to this newfound practice, a practice that will become more and more crucial to how architecture interplays with ecological and social systems. Towards the end of the twentieth century the word sustainable (and sustainability) entered the consciousness of architects and became an essential concentration in the discourse of architecture both domestically and abroad. Since the middle of the 1980s, and in particular after the 1992 environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro, sustainability has become an issue of global importance and the subject of much international debate. In the...
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.....n Architectural Press, 2002.
This source talked a lot about what it means for a work of architecture to be “sustainable,” versus regular architecture. It was perhaps biased in its promotion of sustainable architecture, but still very based in a traditionalist rhetoric and sensibility.
Slabbert, Nicholas. “Biopragmatism: Malaysian architect Ken Yeang combines high-rise engineering know-how with cutting-edge green technologies.” Urban Land. (64)3 2008: 144.
This source gave me some more examples to work with and some individual architectural outlooks on what architecture means to be “sustainable.” It went through lots of Ken Yeang’s work and also discussed how sustainable architecture is here to stay, and a global phenomenon for many reasons.