Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism

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During the 1960s, as Western notions of endless progress and growth gave way to concerns over industrial pollution, resource depletion and ecological limits, attitudes toward the environment became social, political and ideological. Published to accompany the first expansive survey of the history of environmental thinking in architecture, Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism looks at the role architects have played in defining our understanding of "nature" and the "environment," specifically during the rise of environmental discourse. The richly illustrated publication presents over 45 architectural contributions―from Eleanor Raymond and Mária Telkes’ groundbreaking work on solar houses to Buckminster Fuller’s world resource management system and the environmental symbolism of Emilio Ambasz―to explore the role designers played in both promoting ecological concerns and in outlining the very terms of this nascent field. Through an introductory essay by curator Carson Chan and brief texts on each of the featured projects, Emerging Ecologies documents the proximity between ecology, design and statecraft, allowing readers to take stock of historic milestones as architecture confronts today’s climate emergencies.
Includes projects by: Emilio Ambasz, Ant Farm, Phyllis Birkby, Cambridge Seven Associates, the Cosanti Foundation, Carolyn Dry, the Eames Office, Environmental Communications, Howard T. Fisher, R. Buckminster Fuller, Anna and Lawrence Halprin, Wolf Hilbertz, Ralph Knowles, John C. Lilly, Ian McHarg, Synergetics Inc, NASA, the New Alchemy Institute, Aladar and Victor Olgyay, Gaetano Pesce, Eleanor Raymond and Mária Telkes, Michael Reynolds, SITE, Glen Small, Eugene Tssui, O.M. Ungers, Sim Van der Ryn, Malcolm Wells, Beverly Willis and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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