Cambridge Talks Lecture Response

With naturalism as a central root within the dialogue for a sustainable green future, it was interesting to see architecture be dissected in a geo-political context as well as its space used for imaging a way of living. There was a comment towards the end of lecture that caught my attention in terms of aesthetics, that architecture is sometimes a device for feigning discoveries in sustainability and future forms. If we were to look at the constructed space as an autonomous form, as part of a nature that grows and decays, then the sustainability of buildings change. Instead of developing urban spaces as permanence that subvert or isolate nature, could those spaces be made within a system that co-exists with the environment or in a biophilic design. Additionally, there was also a comment on the overbuilt situation of contemporary architecture and its position regarding adaptive reuse and sustainability, which also reflects a design format of industrial design that builds systems of reusability. With modernist thought emerging it can provide the means for cross-disciplinary actions between facilities, such as design and political theory, to create a new wave of sustainability and education.

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