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Title: ARCHITECTURE MOTIVATED BY FEAR: THE FEARS SUSTAINING SUSTAINABILITY
Authors: HO JING YU VERNA
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master (Architecture)
Tsuto Sakamoto
2014/2015 Aki DT
Fear
Sustainability
Issue Date: 8-Dec-2014
Citation: HO JING YU VERNA (2014-12-08). ARCHITECTURE MOTIVATED BY FEAR: THE FEARS SUSTAINING SUSTAINABILITY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Architecture was created from the basis of fear. The need for protection led to the building of houses in which we seek shelter from the externalities. However, with time progression, the type of fear has evolved to more than just protection from the weather or gated communities due to security issues. Global warming and ecological destruction are the attention of today’s society. The fear of the 21st century has evolved to the fear of permanently losing our environment. The realisation of this possible consequence gave rise to the beginnings of sustainable architecture. Upon the acknowledgement of this impending disaster, solutions and attempts have been made by the state and society as a whole to reduce the impact. However, in the capitalist society, the fear that once drove the sustainability movement has been shifted. With advancement in technology and methods of design, the direct impact of the ecological disaster seems shrouded, masked by temporary solutions. The fear slowly becomes concealed and indirect, somewhat known, but not as apparent. Along with this, arises a different kind of fear pushing the sustainability movement. Alongside the fear of losing the environment, the secondary fears sustaining today’s sustainability movement are of the legislation and of economic growth. The shifted fears developed a synonymous term to sustainable architecture. ‘Green’ architecture, as many would understand it, was a style formed by the way society conforms to the shifted fears of sustainability. A false impression but widely accepted, this has somewhat taken away the attention that sustainability seeks to achieve. This paper thus seeks to understand the shifted fears that developed within our society and its causes. Ultimately, these shifted fears have its implications on the current production of what society perceives as ‘sustainable’ architecture. Furthermore, by understanding what sustainability entails, this paper hopes to allow readers to understand the importance to reform the fear back to the damage of the environment. It is only through this, that society will be able to move a step closer to achieving sustainability.
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