Communal and Environmental Architecture – 2017

Posted: April 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

  1. Ben Battistone says:

    I especially liked the photography on this page. Their architecture, being environmentally conscious, incorporates a lot of natural light and takes advantage of shapes that make rooms feel more natural and less separated from the outdoors. I’ve noticed some stuff like this here at the U, and I hope we keep going this direction. I think the natural light and the exposure to the natural environment has a positive effect on people and can make them happier and more engaged when they feel comfortable in a setting that has some characteristics of nature.

    • The U is going through a lot of changes, most of which are positive. One thing that really pleases me is the fact that many of these changes are being initiated and implemented by students. I got a sample of just some of that this evening at the Praxis Lab Summit at the MHC. All three groups showed great initiative and creativity, and they presented in a very professional manner. I was quite impressed.

  2. Kaden Plewe says:

    Thanks for posting these. I enjoyed their discussion about their selection of natural materials. I’m definitely not going to rag on the pritzker prize jury for not selecting based on “green design,” because thats not what the prize is for. But I’ll be looking/waiting for a prize of this scale that’s designed to recognize architects who are on the cutting edge of sustainability, energy efficiency, spatial efficiency, etc. Do you know of any like that off the top of your head?

    • Sustainability has become a concern of late in the architectural world. Prizes are a little odd though, because they seem, but either nature or meter custom, to go to monumental rather than incidental figures. The 2017 prize seems to mark a step in a new direction, as it was awarded to a team – and a decidedly modest one, at that – rather than a single larger-than-life celebrity, such as Zaha Hadid. Architecture, it seems quite clear, is still largely focuses on fame and power, on builders building monuments to themselves.

      Lack of leadership is endemic in the profession, and many of the most famous architects dismiss sustainability outright. “‘Green’ and sustainability have nothing to do with architecture,” National Design Award winner Peter Eisenman has said, and Pritzker Prize winner Frank Gehry once called green building standards “bogus.” Gehry since has said that “green building is clearly something architects need to be concerned with,” but his work hardly shows it. James Wines, author of Green Architecture, has called Gehry’s work “mind-boggling waste.”

      If you did want to look art firm more interested in the environment and the architect’s responsible intervention in it, you might want to turn the work of Scandinavian firms.

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