Far from venustas

Kolakowski, Marcin Mateusz (2010) Far from venustas. Architektura & Biznes . pp. 60-61. ISSN 1230-1817

Far from Venustas

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There is a vast number of soulless eco-buildings, packed with a lot of new gadgets, which leave little room for contemplation of ecology. Why?
Sustainable thinking does impose quite a lot of new requirements on the architect. Sweating blood, running between a fitter and a bricklayer, and completing heaps of sustainability forms, the architect can easily forget that beauty – venustas – accounts for one of the pillars of architecture, according to Vitruvius.

The secret of the success achieved by Bill Dunster in ZEDfactory and other architects is probably the fact that they are inspired by ecology first and foremost, and only then by technological solutions. A reversed order might be a peril to the soul. It’s worth remembering that Doctor Faust was a scientist.
Beauty – the soul of buildings – is in the architects' hands.

In order to navigate reasonably through the new world of requirements and values, architects cannot merely be designers, but they need to engage with science. Unfortunately, all too often architects prove a little lazy in this department. However, in order to protect the venustas in this Brave New World, architects’ green ideas must be based not only on aesthetics but on building science...

Keywords:Architecture, Sustainable design and construction, DIY technology, Sustainable architecture, Sustainable development, Ecology, Built Environment
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K200 Building
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K110 Architectural Design Theory
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:17946
Deposited On:21 Jul 2015 13:25

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