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Relational Architectural Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity

Relational Architectural Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity


Examining the complex social and material relationships between architecture and ecology which constitute modern cultures, this collection responds to the need to extend architectural thinking about ecology beyond current design literatures. This book shows how the 'habitats', 'natural milieus', 'places' or 'shelters' that construct architectural ecologies are composed of complex and dynamic material, spatial, social, political, economic and ecological concerns.

With contributions from a range of leading international experts and academics in architecture, art, anthropology, philosophy, feminist theory, law, medicine and political science, this volume offers professionals and researchers engaged in the social and cultural biodiversity of built environments, new interdisciplinary perspectives on the relational and architectural ecologies which are required for dealing with the complex issues of sustainable human habitation and environmental action.

Relational Architectural Ecologies explores the relations between human and political life, and examines issues such as climate change, social and environmental well-being, land and consumption, economically damaging global approaches to design, community ecologies and future architectural practice. The book includes 16 essays, including two visual essays, by leading international experts and academics, including Rosi Braidotti, Lorraine Code, Verena Andermatt Conley and Elizabeth Grosz. Its five-part structure addresses bio-political ecologies and architectures; uncertain, anxious and damaged ecologies; economics, land and consumption; biological and medical architectural ecologies; and relational ecological practices and architectures.


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Image Credits

(01) Book cover.

(02) La Promenade Plantée, Paris. © Léa-Catherine Szacka.

(03) Buriad camp, Northeast Mongolian-Russian border. © Rebecca Empson.

(04) Christchurch, New Zealand. © Bronwyn Hayward. 

(05) Drosophila fly jars, from Raymond Pearl, The Biology of Population Growth (1930).

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