The Ecological City: Metaphor versus Metabolism GCP-07-05

Sharon Haar
Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In this study – a textual and visual analysis – I look at the ways the term “ecology” has been used to motivate western-style modernism in a global context and to prescribe and advance design decisions based largely in formal, compositional, and stylistic assumptions. Among the questions I am interested in is how new frameworks – sustainability, sustainable communities, and sustainable design – extend earlier ecological metaphors and the extent to which they have sublimated stylistic and formal design ideas without truly resolving the impact of modernization on the landscape.

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