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Green Architecture for the Future @ Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Posted by NoéMie Schwaller on 24.07.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

PTW Architects: The Watercube, National Aquatics Centre, Beijing, 2006. Photo: PTW Architects

PTW Architects: The Watercube, National Aquatics Centre, Beijing, 2006. Photo: PTW Architects

A sustainable lifestyle involves consciousness-raising about the relationship between consumption today and the conditions for future generations. Sustainable development requires a balance between mankind’s consumption, the environment and the available resources. Sustainable thinking must be a natural reflex for the architect of the future. The architect works on the basis of a new order where the building as a whole meets the requirements and challenges of a sustainable future. Sustainable architecture incorporates environmentally sound measures and new ‘intelligent’ materials in an aesthetic and social programme.

These are the crucial themes elucidated in the big architectural exhibition at the Louisiana in the summer of 2009.

ECOSISTEMA URBANO, Madrid: Eco Boulevard i Vallecas, Madrid, 2008. Photo: Ecosistema Urbano

ECOSISTEMA URBANO, Madrid: Eco Boulevard i Vallecas, Madrid, 2008. Photo: Ecosistema Urbano

Architecture is facing what is perhaps the greatest new technological and aesthetic departure since modernism. But how is this manifested in down-to-earth as well as more sophisticated projects which together fulfil society’s human and technological visions? And has there been an architectural and artistic response?

Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna: SIEEB; Beijing, 2006. Photo: Daniele Domenicali

Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna: SIEEB; Beijing, 2006. Photo: Daniele Domenicali

At present, epoch-making changes are taking place in architecture. New visions, the use of new, different construction materials, alternative structures and revolutionary proposals for the solutions to challenges when it comes to the development of sustainable cities, landscapes and environments, are on the agenda. Concepts like ‘paradigm shift’ have been used – that is, the idea that a new world-picture is emerging, starting in the 21st century. In this world-picture sustainability is a key concept. Louisiana’s exhibition Green Architecture for the Future takes the pulse of the process of transformation that is in full swing, and the exhibition will show some of the complex initiatives and future scenarios that are already being drawn up on the global scale.

 

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