Taking Shape: A New Contract Between Architecture and Nature

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Routledge, 2001 - Architecture - 215 pages
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'Taking Shape' explores the evolution of scientific and academic theories that have resulted in the concept of sustainability. Susannah Hagan uses this as a basis to argue for developments in the future and argues that these theories are not 'just an intellectual and aesthetic regression' as they are often perceived to be. By focusing on the impact of the new theories of sustainable technology and new materials in architecture, Hagan moves the discourse and practice of environmental sustainability within architecture towards a greater degree of awareness of both its cultural significance and cultural potential. In short, it demonstrates the capacity of sustainable architecture to embrace cultural and technical innovation.



Enables you to understand the evolution of the theoretical arguments behind sustainability
Allows you to project into the future of sustainability technology rather than just examining the current situation
Provides you with a valuable insight into the relationship between the physical and cultural context and architecture
 

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Contents

Part Two
63
Part Three
95
Part Four
165
Conclusion
193
Bibliography
197
Illustration credits
206
Project credits
208
Index
211
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Susannah Hagan runs the MA Architecture: Sustainability at the University of East London, UK, and teaches on the Environment and Energy Graduate Program at the Architectural Association.

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