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Architectural design and/or sustainable building: A question of language?

Gwilliam, Julie Amanda ORCID: and O'Dwyer, Sarah ORCID: 2018. Architectural design and/or sustainable building: A question of language? International Journal of Contemporary Architecture ”The New ARCH“ 5 (2) , pp. 9-19. 10.14621/tna.20180202

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Achieving peer acknowledged excellence in architectural design is widely considered to be the pinnacle of achievement for any practicing Architect. Indeed, at the heart of the learning outcomes of any architectural education is an emerging notion of what Architectural excellence is and indeed, notably, this includes knowing how to speak about it. Thus, conveying the professional skill of understanding and knowledge of architectural design language. Living alongside this is the widely acknowledged need for the built environment broadly - and buildings specifically - to respond to the environmental, economic and social requirements of sustainability. This apparent dichotomy of approach has brought about a schism in design practices, whereby sustainable buildings are largely perceived as worthy, pragmatic; but perhaps soulless, while outstanding architecture remains something ‘other’. This paper aims to explore the languages involved in describing and discussing excellence in these two diverging fields, with an aim to find a nexus between them, resulting in a refinement in architectural practice that might enable Sustainable Design Excellence to become the norm rather than an exception.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Additional Information: The New ARCH is an open access Journal. The full content is available online.
ISSN: 2198-7688
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 20 August 2018
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 23:22

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