Architecture in the Renewable

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In Beyond Sustainability: Architecture in the Renewable City, Peter Droege focuses a lot on the no-longer-prominent meaning of sustainability. The rapid globalization has taken a lead and put the nature and environment on a backseat mostly. With the Industrial Revolution, the environmental conditions have been distorted and there has been an abuse of technology and unsustainable methods and processes. Should the category of “sustainable” or “Green” buildings even exist? Shouldn’t all buildings be sustainable or green? As designers, how difficult is it to maintain this balance between the aesthetic or style and the ethical ways of creating it? How much does sustainability affect the design or vice versa or does it even need to have a relationship?

Should tropical architecture be thought of as an entity with a fixed identity that is determined by an unchanging external tropical nature or should tropical architecture be seen as a set of shifting dialogues that prefer tropical nature and climate, as the determinant of built structures combined with social, cultural, and technological conditions?