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Scarcity. Architecture in an Age of Depleting Resources. Architectural Design

  • ID: 2216257
  • Book
  • 144 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Currently, the world is experiencing a ′perfect storm′ of social, political, economic and ecological proportions. The full extent and severity of present conditions are yet to be determined. One thing, however, is certain: the foreseeable future will not be like the recent past. Leading analysts of all the major resource domains water, food, material, energy and finance are all telling us that our global industrial growth models, driven by speculation on unstable financial markets, are taking the planet to the brink of chronic scarcity. Some of these shortages are determined by natural limits of mineral resources, such as petroleum and coal, and others by the mismanagement of natural resources, such as water, timber and food; a situation that is often characterised by uneven social and geographic distribution of supplies. In architecture, concerns about depleting material and energy sources have largely been centered on the more emollient category of ′sustainability′. In the next decade, however, as the situation becomes more pressing, architects and designers will need to confront the reality of scarcity. There are many ways that architecture, urban planning and design research can tackle such issues: from developing new forms of analysis of global flows and scarcities, to specific local and global design–based solutions. A full engagement with these issues has the potential to completely reconfigure design practice in radically new, post–sustainable directions.
  • Brings together leading thinkers for the first time in a single volume: Ezio Manzini, Erik Swyngedouw, John Thackara and Jeremy Till.
  • Featured architects and designers include: Jody Boehnert, Katrin Bohn and André Viljoen, and muf.
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5 EditorialHelen Castle

6 About the Guest EditorsJon Goodbun with Jeremy Till and Deljana Iossifova

8 Introduction
Themes of ScarcityJon Goodbun, Jeremy Till and Deljana Iossifova

16 Scarcity and Abundance: Urban Agriculture in Cuba and the USAndré Viljoen and Katrin Bohn

22 Cities, Natures and the Political ImaginaryMaria Kaika and Erik Swyngedouw

28 Architecture and Relational Resources: Towards a New Materialist PracticeJon Goodbun and Karin Jaschke

34 Visualising Ecological LiteracyJody Boehnert

38 Invisible AgencyJeremy Till and Tatjana Schneider

44 Systemic Diagramming: An Approach to Decoding Urban EcologiesUlysses Sengupta and Deljana Iossifova

52 Flexibility and Ecological Planning: Gregory Bateson on UrbanismJon Goodbun

56 Error–Friendliness: How to Deal with the Future Scarcest Resource: The Environmental, Social, Economic Security. That is, How to Design Resilient Socio–Technical SystemsEzio Manzini

62 Can an Urban Community Independently Run Its Own Waste Services?Clare Brass, Flora Bowden and Kate McGeevor

66 Anthropocene NightsBenedict Singleton

72 Peak Oil and Transition TownsRob Hopkins

78 Everything We Need: Scarcity, Scale, HyperobjectsTimothy Morton

82 Investing in the Ground: Reflections on Scarcity, Remediation and Obdurate FormDouglas Spencer

88 Almost All Right: Vienna s Social Housing ProvisionAndreas Rumpfhuber, Michael Klein and Georg Kolmayr

94 Icelandic InitiativesArna Mathiesen

100 Beyond the Scarcities of Affluence: An Alternative Hedonist ApproachKate Soper

102 New York City (Steady) StateMichael Sorkin

110 No Frills and Bare Life: Cheapness and DemocracyAlejandro Zaera–Polo

114 Austeria: City of Minimum ConsumptionDaliana Suryawinata and Winy Maas

118 Mapping in Hackney Wick and Fish Island: Observation is PropositionLiza Fior

122 Norway Was Never So Poor!Edward Robbins, Christian Hermansen Cordua and Barbara E Ascher

130 The Collision of Scarcity and Expendability in Architectural Culture of the 1960s and 1970sSteve Parnell

136 counterpoint Is Sustainability Just Another Ism ?Hattie Hartman

141 Contributors

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Jeremy Till
Deljana Iossifova
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