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Breaking Boundaries as the Clue for Post Ecological Architecture

María Jesús González Díaz ( Architect-Departamento de Construcción y Vías Rurales Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Spain)
Justo García Navarro ( Professor and Architect-Departamento de Construcción y Vías Rurales, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Spain)

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

Article publication date: 1 March 2015

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Abstract

Ecology shows us not only environmental problems; it shows that we need a new balance and harmony between individuals, beings, communities and all of Nature. We need a new contract with Nature (SERRES, 1991) and new Ethics (GUATTARI, 1990) for our lives. What is therefore new in Architecture? The environmental ethics have given us a universal and supra-generational vision of the management of our Nature and, as a consequence, a new way to construct our “second” nature. What is essential for this new architecture that the new ethics demand?

Exploring this subject, the paper firstly analyzes how the relationship between ethics and architecture has been described by other authors. Secondly, how the relationship between mainstream architecture and ecology is evolving, from technical matters to social and more complex issues, to work towards ethics. Finally, the convergence between them (Ethics, Architecture and Nature) could provide the clues to understand the ends and means of eco-architecture.

As a result of this analysis, we interpret that there are underlying keys in the post-eco-architecture. These summarize in new roles for the “locus” and the break of habitual limits of architecture, which have been replaced for new ones. There are no limits of scale: macro-structures such as mega-cities, as well as micro-organism are involved in the architectural process. The client of our construction is universal: we do not build only for our client, we must think about all beings, including animals since we know how our decisions may inflict damage to biodiversity. The site has no boundaries: we know how any local actions can have an effect in remote locations of the planet, since natural phenomena are interconnected. There is also no time limit: we must build now, but we must think about future generations.

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Díaz, M.J.G. and Navarro, J.G. (2015), "Breaking Boundaries as the Clue for Post Ecological Architecture", Open House International, Vol. 40 No. 1, pp. 26-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/OHI-01-2015-B0005

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