1st Edition

Beyond Sustainable
Architecture's Evolving Environments of Habitation

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ISBN 9780367232696
December 22, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 121 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Beyond Sustainable discusses the relation between human evolution and the constructed environments of habitation we create living in the Anthropocene, an increasingly volatile and unpredictable landscape of certain change.

This volume accepts that human-beings have reached a moment beyond climatological and ecological crisis. It asks not, how we resolve the crisis, but rather, how can we cope with, or adapt to, the irreversible changes in the earth-system by rethinking how we choose to inhabit the world-ecology. Through an examination of numerous historical and contemporary projects of architecture and art, as well as considering observations in philosophy, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, neurobiology and psychology, this book reimagines architecture capable of influencing and impacting who we are, how we live, what we feel, and even how we evolve. 

Beyond Sustainable provides students and academics a single comprehensive overview of this architectural reconceptualization, which is grounded in an inclusive and ecocentric understanding of architecture.

Table of Contents

Part I: Technological Mediation 1. In Pursuit of Comfort: From Campfire to Smart Home 2. Wall Performance: Two Views of Nature, the Visual and the Visceral 3. Of Life and Death: The Interior Atmosphere-Environments of the Greenhouse and the Gas Chamber Part II: Environmental Identification 4. Back Home from the Frontier: Considering an Eco-Effective Design 5. Dwelling Deep: Towards a Transpersonal Architecture of Self-realization! Part III: Bio-Physical Inter-Action 6. Invisible Worlds: Constructing an Architecture of the Sensorium 7. Beyond the Prosthesis: Architectural Augmentation and Human Evolution 8. The Bio-Physical Dwelling: Shūsaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins’ Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa)

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Ryan Ludwig is an NCARB certified registered Architect and educator teaching at the University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at DAAP. He is the founding principal of Ludwig-ArchOffice (L-AO), a design + research studio focused on inclusive and adaptable approaches to architectural design. He is a recipient of a Fall 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellowship and Centrum Artist Residency, a co-editor of the book The Function of Form and has previously published essays in multiple academic outlets including the MIT journal Thresholds 42: Human.