Is there space for the future in the present? I am not sure if technological mechanist dreams can solve the problems they have created – is our only hope really sub-urban “greenism” -i.e. New Urbanism crossed with Landscape Urbanism’s ecological bio-morphism or What?????
From the website of the exhibition: A+D – Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles:
“This exhibition presents new architectural work that offers a critical and compelling alternative to the prevailing approaches to environmentally conscious architecture. It specifically challenges the architectural discipline’s inexcusably normative application of technology in response to the environmental crisis, which has to date resulted in work that either approaches the environmental crisis as an engineering problem to be simply “solved” through a banal or invisible technology, or else speciously uses the rhetoric of technological performance in an attempt to justify an otherwise irrelevant formalism. Given the seriousness of the environmental crisis, the complacency of both of these existing approaches is severely problematic.”
SOUPERgreen is a collection of five architectural propositions that explore technology as a means to promote the engagement between architecture and environment.
© Doug Jackson
This exhibition features newly completed projects by Doug Jackson, Wes Jones, Aryan Omar, Steven Purvis, and Randolph Ruiz—five architects and designers who have each produced widely publicized and celebrated work renowned for its emphasis on the expressive and transformative potential of technology. Collectively this group represents a vision that is both unique and uniquely consistent within the discipline of architecture, but one that is also rich and nuanced, informed by a broad range of experience and expertise:
© Wes Jones
Doug Jackson is the principal of the Doug Jackson Design Office and is also a professor at the Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design in San Luis Obispo; Wes Jones is the principal of Jones, Partners: Architecture and a professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture; Aryan Omar is a designer with Richard Meier & Partners Architects; Steven Purvis is the principal of APLSD Design; and Randolph Ruiz is the principal of AAA Architecture and a professor at the California College of the Arts.
© Aryan Crawford Omar
The work of these five architects and designers is a far cry from the timid way in which sustainable practices are generally approached in architecture. This exhibit demonstrates the varied forms that architecture can take when taking on the environmental crisis.
© Aryan Crawford Omar
A discussion will be held on April 7 with the five contributers to the exhibit and Sam Lubell as moderator. Visit A+D|LA’s website for more information.http://www.aplusd.org/
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