WIT Press


Ethics Vs. Aesthetics In Sustainable Architecture

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ARC140471

Volume

142

Pages

10

Page Range

553 - 562

Published

2014

Size

283 kb

Author(s)

I. Kupatadze

Abstract

In order to improve the environment all around the world, architects, engineers, urban developers, software developers, scientist, ecologists and other professionals have started to collaborate. But being tied to the necessity of designing sustainable buildings together with other professionals right from the design programing process, architects might have lost the freedom of creativity. An architect is obligated to think holistically in order to succeed and create an aesthetically pleasing surrounding together with the environmental features. As we embrace new trends in architecture, the research focuses on the relationship between sustainable architecture development and the freedom of creativity enjoyed by architects for centuries. The research delves into changes due to the rising importance of sustainability. What forms and functions are brought to the forefront or pushed into the background? Is contemporary architecture on the verge of a big change during which design and aesthetic form give way to environmental sustainability? The research presents several case studies together with interviews taken from the architects, developer or engineer of the building. The interview answers and existing researched material suggest arguments about similarities that each of the sustainable building has in regard to form, material, site, efficiency.

Keywords

sustainable, architecture, aesthetics, ethics, form, function, natural materials, freedom of architects