Architectural implications of sustainability on built form

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dc.contributor.author Diporse, Peter Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-26T06:16:37Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-26T06:16:37Z
dc.date.issued 1998
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/56200
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only.
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the significance of architectural form attributes in the design of sustainable human environments. It is argued here, that given the architect's dual reliance on functional or programmatic and formal or paradigmatic/typological design approaches, uncovering norms and forms that relate to 'sustainability' may assist in achieving ecologically responsible design. 'Sustainability' has various interpretations and extensive implications, making it a difficult metaphor for designers to assimilate. Because of this, the importance of architectural form implications is addressed through a discursive process in which sustainability is defined and redefined. Each chapter proposes a particular definition of sustainability which is then interrogated to discover its relevance in an architectural context. For this reason parallel relations exist amongst material that is necessarily presented in a linear sequence. The first chapter describes the research question, the research approach, and briefly introduces the concepts of architectural form and sustainability. The second and third chapters extend discussion of architectural form and sustainability. Once these fundamental concepts have been described focus turns to the various strands of the central thesis argument, which are presented in chapters four to eight. The first inquiry relates architecture to the spatial scale of the human ecosystem. A second line of inquiry approaches sustainability via reference to the Brundtland Report and the ongoing satisfaction of fundamental human needs. The third discursive investigation places sustainability within the scope of the new environmental paradigm, and relates architecture to its implied evolutionary model of society. This is followed by an inquiry into potential form implications of sustainability defined in terms of equity and futurity. Finally architecture is related to sustainability characterised as the maintenance of constant overall capital wealth. It is concluded that in many cases sustainability has form implications for architecture. Links between sustainable form and biophysical performance are established, together with the view that sustainability has significant socio-cultural implications for architectural form. By identifying form implications derived from sustainability within the paradigmatic/typological component of the design process sustainability is able to be treated as a foreground design issue.
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA9993855814002091
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dc.title Architectural implications of sustainability on built form
dc.type Thesis
thesis.degree.discipline Architecture
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland
thesis.degree.name PhD
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