Relational Architectural Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity

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Routledge, Aug 22, 2013 - Architecture - 320 pages
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Examining the complex social and material relationships between architecture and ecology which constitute modern cultures, this collection responds to the need to extend architectural thinking about ecology beyond current design literatures. This book shows how the ‘habitats’, ‘natural milieus’, ‘places’ or ‘shelters’ that construct architectural ecologies are composed of complex and dynamic material, spatial, social, political, economic and ecological concerns.

With contributions from a range of leading international experts and academics in architecture, art, anthropology, philosophy, feminist theory, law, medicine and political science, this volume offers professionals and researchers engaged in the social and cultural biodiversity of built environments, new interdisciplinary perspectives on the relational and architectural ecologies which are required for dealing with the complex issues of sustainable human habitation and environmental action. The book provides:

  • 16 essays, including two visual essays, by leading international experts and academics from the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Europe; including Rosi Braidotti, Lorraine Code, Verena Andermatt Conley and Elizabeth Grosz
  • A clear structure: divided into 5 parts addressing bio-political ecologies and architectures; uncertain, anxious and damaged ecologies; economics, land and consumption; biological and medical architectural ecologies; relational ecological practices and architectures
  • An exploration of the relations between human and political life
  • An examination of issues such as climate change, social and environmental well-being, land and consumption, economically damaging global approaches to design, community ecologies and future architectural practice.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Biopolitical ecologies and architectures
19
Uncertain anxious and damaged ecologies
71
Economics land and consumption
125
Biological and medical architectural ecologies
173
Communal ecologies and architectures
231
Illustration Credits
289
Index
291
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PEG RAWES is Lecturer in History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK.

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