Thursday, August 13, 2009

No. 4 Defining Values for a new Environmental Architecture - Review

Firstly thank you to Paul Kenny for proposing such stimulating texts. Again we had a really interesting session on Tuesday, the reading brought up questions of value, intrinsic value, instrumental value, value systems.
Is something still valuable if there is no-one there to value it?
Does architecture have an intrinsic value? What value system should architects use?
The world we live in has changed completely, is it time for a new value system for humanity, and what values should be prioritised?
We also talked about the responsibility of architects for the impact buildings have on the environment as a whole. Perhaps the value systems we currently operate from, do not take enough cognisance of this impact?
We also discussed the idea of cradle to cradle design, and Gaia theory, the earth as a super-self-regulating organism.

Related reading: Gaia:A New Look at Life on Earth by James Lovelock
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things by William McDonough & Michael Braungart

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