A Political And Ecological Aesthetic of Architecture

Authors: Andrea Wheeler*, Iowa State University
Topics: Environmental Perception, Gender, Cultural Ecology
Keywords: aesthetics, architecture, environment, political, ecological
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Regency Ballroom, Omni, West
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In this paper I examine how architects might begin to think about a political and ecological aesthetic in architecture, not as a greenwash but as a sensory engagement with natural and built environment. Without separating aesthetics and practical concern, nor thinking from feeling, this papers examine how architecture might recognize our sensory responses to the problems of climate change. This is an aesthetics of feeling posed as criticism of the contemporary environmental conditions of life: one challenging our usual understanding of bodily selves in the natural environment. Sustainable architecture asks us to protect future generations but the question examined in this paper is one that the human child now must ask is ‘How can I live?’ And also even ‘Can you teach me how to live?’

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