Building Green: Environmental Architects and the Struggle for Sustainability in Mumbai

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Univ of California Press, 2018 - Social Science - 203 pages
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Building Green explores the experience of environmental architects in Mumbai, one of the world’s most populous and population-dense urban areas and a city iconic for its massive informal settlements, extreme wealth asymmetries, and ecological stresses. Under these conditions, what does it mean to learn, and try to practice, so-called green design? By tracing the training and professional experiences of environmental architects in India’s first graduate degree program in Environmental Architecture, Rademacher shows how environmental architects forged sustainability concepts and practices and sought to make them meaningful through engaged architectural practice. The book’s focus on practitioners offers insights into the many roles that converge to produce this emergent, critically important form of urban expertise. At once activists, scientists, and designers, the environmental architects profiled in Building Green act as key agents of urban change whose efforts in practice are shaped by a complex urban development economy, layered political power relations, and a calculus of when, and how, their expert skills might be operationalized in service of a global urban future.  
 

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Contents

The Integrated Subject
23
classroom
28
Environmental Architecture as Good Design
40
A team of RSIEA students prepare a topographical map of the Pali field
54
RSIEA Design Studio students explore the Pali project site
62
Imagining the New City and the Power to Create It
65
An exhibitgoer ponders a map of Mumbais open spaces at the Open
70
Breathing Space exhibitgoers explore signboards about open space in each
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More than Human Nature and the Open Space Predicament
91
Making Design Good
108
listening to their guide describe the sustainability features of one of the sites
129
Ecology in Practice
133
proposal for an ecoresort at Pali
135
Soldiering Sustainability
162
References
185
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Anne Rademacher is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Anthropology at New York University. Her books include Reigning the River: Urban Ecologies and Political Transformation in Kathmandu, Ecologies of Urbanism in India: Metropolitan Civility and Sustainability, and the edited volume Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism.

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