Special Issue "Sustainable Architecture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2014
Prof. Dr. Volker M. Welter
Professor, History of Art & Architecture, Ellison Hall 2834, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106-7080, USA
Interests: californian architectural history; Western/European architectural history from the 19th century onwards; Zionist and Israeli architectural history; the modern city since the 19th century; history and theory of sustainable architecture; contemporary architecture and architectural criticism; modern architecture in relation to philosophical and sociological thought
For quite some time now sustainability has been an important paradigm in architecture. Yet in contrast to Modernism and Postmodernism, for example, which rather quickly created memorable designs and agreed upon conceptual parameters, sustainable architecture seems to struggle to define itself through exemplary, identifiable buildings, images, and ideas.
Depending on time, place, and architect or author, sustainability in architecture can mean the renewal of Modernism, the return of traditional ways of building, the continuous innovation of materials, technology, and construction methods, the reorganization of human life along collective lines, or a path to individual salvation. Accordingly, is sustainable architecture an architectural practice, a method, a style, a social, economic, or even aesthetic principle? How can sustainable architecture be defined other than as in reaction to existing ecological problems, especially when considering that mankind may face ecological issues that are still unknown? Looking back at decades of experiments and sustainable buildings, do the efforts amount to a history of sustainable architecture with recognizable patterns and emerging questions worthwhile the attention of the historian? Or is all that remains a collection of discarded, even if quaint designs?
Contributions are invited that critically analyze sustainable architecture from historical and contemporary perspectives while addressing questions as those outlined above and issues of comparable focus. Papers on any period, geographical area, and type of architecture, and of any methodological approach (including biographies of protagonists of sustainable architecture) will be considered, except those that specifically discuss contemporary technical solutions to current ecological problems.
Prof. Dr. Volker M. Welter
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Arts 2014, 3(1), 15-26; doi:10.3390/arts3010015
Received: 27 October 2013; in revised form: 2 December 2013 / Accepted: 17 December 2013 / Published: 3 January 2014| Download PDF Full-text (1261 KB)
Article: Learning from Mardin and Cumalıkızık: Turkish Vernacular Architecture in the Context of Sustainability
Arts 2014, 3(1), 175-189; doi:10.3390/arts3010175
Received: 2 January 2014; in revised form: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 25 February 2014 / Published: 10 March 2014| Download PDF Full-text (586 KB)
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Sustainable Development, Architecture and Modernism. Aspects of an Ongoing Controversy.
Authors: Han Vandevyvere and Hilde Heynen
Affiliation: Unit Transition Energy & Environment, VITO NV, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol, Belgium; Tel. +32 14 33 58 68; E-Mail: email@example.com
Abstract: In some discourses on sustainability modernism is blamed for its technocratic beliefs that supposedly generated a lot of the problems the world is facing today. In this paper, we react to this viewpoint in two different ways. First we are scrutinizing the arguments about modernism’s technocratic nature, showing how they rely upon a specific understanding of modernism that is partial and incomplete. We offer a different framing of modernism, which allows to understand it as a multilayered and multifaceted response to the challenges of modernity, a response that formulated a series of ideals that are not so far removed from the ideals formulated by many advocates of sustainability. Secondly we argue that a reconsideration and reconfiguring of some key-ideas of modernism might be very helpful in recalibrating the debates between so-called constructivists on the one hand (those who are convinced that the call for ‘green buildings’ is but another screen behind which the same old logic hide) and the technical environmentalists on the other hand (those who are convinced that the threats posed by climate change are such that immediate action rather than further reflection is needed). To unfold this argument, we are relying upon the modal sphere theory of the Dutch philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Learning From Vernacular Turkish Architecture in the Context of Sustainability: Mardin, Cumalıkızık
Author: Güliz Özorhon
Affiliation: Ozyegin University, Turkey; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: Today, one of the most important criteria which effect architectural design is sustainability. Its contribution to architectural design is increasing with the development in technology and material science day by day. Although sustainability seems to be new, the subject, in reality, isn’t. Contemporary architecture has been developing with references from traditional architecture which in different parts of the world has presented many examples of sustainable architecture. This paper aims at investigating traces of sustainable design criteria in Turkey’s traditional housing architecture with two examples. Turkey has different traditional housing culture which were formed own characteristics. In this study, two settlements, which were very different from each other, were chosen. In the context of sustainability one of the investigated locations is Cumalikizik, the other is Mardin. Each of the cases will be systematically introduced.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: De l’Orme’s invention: A Primordial Sustainable Approach to Wooden Architecture
Author: Barbara Brunetti
Affiliation: Department of Architecture, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy; E-Mail: email@example.com
Abstract: The treatise Le nouvelles inventions pour bien bastir et a petits fraiz (“New inventions for high-quality and economical buildings”) published in 1561 by the architect Philibert de l’Orme (1514-1570), represents a cornerstone in the history of wooden stereotomy. The invention, as quoted in the title, consists in an ante litteram pre-manifacturing construction system that starts from a specific module and is applied to the generation of a vault. The sustainability of this type of structure not only relies on the easy availability of raw materials, and on the reduction of both material waste and costs, but also on the discipline which the invention refers to. Derived from clear geometrical rules that teach us how to operate in three-dimensional space, stereotomy originates from architectural systems characterized by great spatial complexity and tectonic lightness. It takes advantage of natural building materials, such as stone and wood, and uses dry mounting techniques. Moreover, the invention discloses a sustainable primordial approach to architecture. Indeed, such an approach is based on five principles, namely the concept of invention, interpreted as a result of the relationship between human creativity and natural limitations; the ethical and constructive heritage represented by traditional all-wood joints; the connection between architecture, intended as a spatial system, and the theory of nature’s complexity; the project of maintenance, a key-approach to design, technology and culture for sustainable development; and the comparison between the present and ancient sustainable use of wood within constructive systems.
- David Serlin, Department of Communication, La Jolla, USA
- David Haney, Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, UK
- Christopher Pierce, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London
- Karen Koehler, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002, USA
Last update: 4 February 2014