TEXTS ON SUSTAINABILITY

REQUIREMENTS FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

 

The requirements for a sustainable environment are demanding the architectural and urban practice a projection or design commitment that already has no place in the current theoretical and critical architecture discussion.

We believe that the form and space definition shown in cities and architecture will be (and are already being) shaken, similar as they were by the emergence of new materials at the beginning of the 20th century.

It is urgent, from the discipline, from the own design production and the creative decisions, to reformulate the human environment construction techniques, and on what concerns those responsible for these decisions, architects and town planners, address them from a new project aesthetic-ethical paradigm.

The human environment, expanded from the natural and the urban environment by the "net sphere" or "third environment", (Telépolis for J. Echevarria) is literally in a subsistence and social effectiveness crisis. It isn’t only about adopting remedial actions (which are urgent) but also about reinterpreting the means, tools, concepts, and even the architect’s own role.

A sustainable environment is not only about its physical-environmental constraints, but also and especially about the sociological balance. Productive balance, cultural balance, balance in the relationship between the public and private, and especially an interactive balance between human and non-human.

It is about understanding the present as the transit of cultures, and why not, civilizations, beyond ideologies and see it as a generator of conceptual and technological innovation in a creative commitment to be developed with new parameters.

It is a promising future for creators and particularly for those of us who propose or decide on the physical, sociological and cultural space.

Today the remedial measures to attenuate the ecological impact of the construction on the environment are the prioritary action of our present. However is the time for questions, good questions that trigger answers that deeply soak on social, productive, extractive and cultural structures, what we predict as a new civilization paradigm formulation.

It’s inevitable to extend the visual field not only over the architecture and urbanism disciplines, but exceed the conventional territory of the design debate (theory and technique) and exercise a new look over our decisions area, and especially over the transformed reality by the entrance of ecological requirements and the overflow of conventional architectural and urban boundaries that social acceleration has printed onto our culture.




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