Special Issue "Architectural Theory for Sustainable Urban Design"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).
Interests: pattern languages; design complexity; architectural design; architectural theory; biophilia, fractals; urbanism; urban design; planning; neuroarchitecture; mathematics of architecture; adaptive architecture; resilience; social housing; architecture and religion
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Special Issue in Buildings: Applications of Mathematics to Architecture
Special Issue in Urban Science: Human-Centered Design
Sustainable urban systems are widely talked about, but not yet implemented. Three problems prevent this: (i) A very poor understanding of the system dynamics that permit a city to function in a more sustainable manner; (ii) an architectural approach to planning, which focuses almost exclusively on individual buildings instead of a connected urban fabric; (iii) the belief that we can solve the problems of sustainability through technology alone. Encouraged by industrial society and a superficial, formal approach to design, these factors work against long-term sustainability. We have to learn to optimize the energy and network flows that drive a city. True sustainability can only arise by implementing low-tech, low-cost, low-maintenance solutions.
This Special Issue welcomes contributions on how to change the basic epistemology of design. The goal is to abandon an abstract, visual approach, to instead embrace adaptivity connected with human needs and the natural environment. We need to reorient design away from fashionable, but energivorous buildings and urban developments (driven by short-term real-estate speculation) towards evidence-based thinking. We should be skeptical about technological solutions that try to maintain the Industrial–Modernist model as a design paradigm. Some of those proposals are useful only as add-ons to solutions grounded in low-cost practices, while others deceptively continue today’s unsustainable practices.
Prof. Dr. Nikos A. Salingaros
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Complex systems
- Adaptive design
- Design patterns
- Energy flows