Subnature: Architecture's Other Environments

Subnature Architecture s Other Environments We are conditioned over time to regard environmental forces such as dust mud gas smoke debris weeds and insects as inimical to architecture Much of today s discussion about sustainable and green

  • Title: Subnature: Architecture's Other Environments
  • Author: David Gissen
  • ISBN: 9781568987774
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • We are conditioned over time to regard environmental forces such as dust, mud, gas, smoke, debris, weeds, and insects as inimical to architecture Much of today s discussion about sustainable and green design revolves around efforts to clean or filter out these primitive elements While mostly the direct result of human habitation, these subnatural forces are nothing newWe are conditioned over time to regard environmental forces such as dust, mud, gas, smoke, debris, weeds, and insects as inimical to architecture Much of today s discussion about sustainable and green design revolves around efforts to clean or filter out these primitive elements While mostly the direct result of human habitation, these subnatural forces are nothing new In fact, our ability to manage these forces has long defined the limits of civilized life From its origins, architecture has been engaged in both fighting and embracing these so called destructive forces In Subnature, David Gissen, author of our critically acclaimed Big and Green, examines experimental work by today s leading designers, scholars, philosophers, and biologists that rejects the idea that humans can somehow recreate a purely natural world, free of the untidy elements that actually constitute nature Each chapter provides an examination of a particular form of subnature and its actualization in contemporary designpractice.The exhilarating and at times unsettling work featured in Subnature suggests an alternative view of natural processes and ecosystems and their relationships to human society and architecture RSien s Mosquito Bottleneck house in Trinidad uses a skin that actually attracts mosquitoes and moves them through the building, while keeping them separate from the occupants In his building designs the architect Philippe Rahm draws the dank air from the earth and the gasses and moisture from our breath to define new forms of spatial experience In his Underground House, Mollier House, and Omnisport Hall, Rahm forces us to consider the odor of soil and the emissionsfrom our body as the natural context of a future architecture Cero 9 s design for the Magic Mountain captures excess heat emitted from a power generator in Ames, Iowa, to fuel a rose garden that embellishes the industrial site and creates a natural mountain rising above the city s skyline Subnature looks beyond LEED ratings, green roofs, and solar panels toward a progressive architecture based on a radical new conception of nature.

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    1. Nature is a governing feature of postindustrial architecture and planning. Few would contradict the notion that living in harmony with nature—with greenbelts, sunshine and beautifully-landscaped parks enhances our lives. In prioritising this mode of living we adopt an exclusionary definition of nature, one which favours certain elements of the natural and vilifies others. David Gissen explores Subnature, those forms of nature deemed undesirable.Subnatures are those forms of nature deemed primi [...]


    2. A wholly different take on the relationship between nature and architecture. By looking at the elements usually viewed as problems to thebuilt environment (smoke, dust, mud) and recasting these (sub)natureal elements to be a positive, transformative force for architecture.The book is very readable with a number of interesting historical notes and contemporary projects. Gissen's writing is both popular and academic like Cabinet Magazine.


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