Architecture, Ecological Architecture, Sustainability

a few notes on (ecological) architecture

A draft on ecological architecture.  

(1) Sustainability should no longer be considered of as being something that has to be expressed or made manifest in the actual construction of a building. Architecture should associate itself with – or think of – sustainability as a status quo, an inevitability that exists as a non-problematic or non-disputable starting point for all possible designs.

(2) Architecture should, subsequently, conceptualize its projects as Kantian categorial imperatives. That is; it should conceptualize its buildings as judgments; as deontological suggestions for all buildings-to-come. Sustainability is its rule and motivation for future actions.

(3)  Given the above, sustainability should be transformed into ecology (since sustainability is no longer an argument for a particular design, but an imperative for further development). Ecological architecture, then, is that architecture which conceptualizes its buildings as being part of the production of the ecology itself.

(4) This means that a building is not being placed ‘in’ space or a certain environment, but that it creates its own space and environment. A building is its own surrounding.

(5) Ecological architecture, then, does not emphasize the ‘greenness’ of its own buildings (since this ‘greenness’ is no longer something that serves to express the architect’s amazement over its own design. That is; it is no longer something that gives the building its character or uniqueness) but tries to improve the environment already present. In other words, a building is never lacking something, but is always incomplete (Deleuze)

(6) Ecological architecture is Deleuzian in the sense that there is no longer a fixed distinction between content and expression. By being ecological the building is not a building (as a subject would be a subject) but a collective, a multiplicity that aligns itself more intensely with others than with itself. Buildings then must be seen as material outcomes – ánd beginnings –  of connections. Light, water, heath, concrete, glass as well as users, clients, politicians.

(7 The architect is a biologist. A building is an organism.


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