Special Issue "Sustainable Architecture"

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A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Arts".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Volker M. Welter
Professor, History of Art & Architecture, Ellison Hall 2834, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106-7080, USA
Website: http://www.arthistory.ucsb.edu/faculty/welter.html
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

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Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

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p. 34-48
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Arts 2015, 4(2), 34-48; doi:10.3390/arts4020034
Received: 30 June 2014 / Revised: 18 March 2015 / Accepted: 18 March 2015 / Published: 8 April 2015
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p. 350-366
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Arts 2014, 3(4), 350-366; doi:10.3390/arts3040350
Received: 27 March 2014 / Revised: 25 August 2014 / Accepted: 29 August 2014 / Published: 14 October 2014
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Arts 2014, 3(3), 303-306; doi:10.3390/arts3030303
Received: 18 July 2014 / Accepted: 19 July 2014 / Published: 29 July 2014
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Arts 2014, 3(2), 279-297; doi:10.3390/arts3020279
Received: 10 May 2014 / Revised: 6 June 2014 / Accepted: 10 June 2014 / Published: 13 June 2014
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Arts 2014, 3(1), 175-189; doi:10.3390/arts3010175
Received: 2 January 2014 / Revised: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 25 February 2014 / Published: 10 March 2014
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Arts 2014, 3(1), 15-26; doi:10.3390/arts3010015
Received: 27 October 2013 / Revised: 2 December 2013 / Accepted: 17 December 2013 / Published: 3 January 2014
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