Performance-Oriented Architecture. Rethinking Architectural Design and the Built Environment. Architectural Design Primer
- Language: English
- 152 Pages
- Published: March 2013
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Humanity is racing to find designed solutions to our
environmental crisis. But what if designing itself
was the cause of the crisis? This book argues that
design, including ‘sustainable’ design, is at
the heart of our crisis of unsustainability. Only
when design’s complicity in this crisis is
understood, can sustainable human environments be
conceived. Using the work of the controversial
philosopher Martin Heidegger, this book constructs a
radically different understanding of the design
process. With this understanding, design in modernity
is shown to be the engine of consumption of the
Earth. Ironically, the conviction that that we can
find designed solutions to our crisis of
unsustainability may be the real danger facing the
Earth. For those interested in design and design
theory, this book offers a fundamentally different
account of the design process. For those interested
in Heideggerian thought, this book uses design
to explore the ‘positive role’ of consciousness
hinted at, but rarely investigated, in Heidegger’s
work. For those concerned about our crisis of
unsustainability, this book offers a new way to
conceive the forces accelerating the crisis.
Glen Hill coordinates the sustainable architecture studios in the
Master of Architecture program at the University of Sydney.
Dr Glen Hill BScArch, BArch, MPM, PhD.