In 1982 eminent architect, mathematician, writer and visionary thinker Christopher Alexander challenged the status of modern architecture in a public debate with Peter Eisenman, hosted at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He openly announced that modern architecture is messing up the world. The importance of this debate has been widely recognised. The writings of A Pattern Language (1977) fundamentally lies at the core of Alexander’s reasoning, raising the issue that we need an architecture that is embedded in the generative codes of nature, that is alive, and that can result in living structures. He referred to a design of ‘deep sustainability’ informed by the Nature of Order. Nearly 40 years later, the evidence is all around us that the way we have designed and built our cities has been almost un-imaginably bad and unacceptable, and has resulted in a degeneration of the earth's natural systems, now eventuating in unprecedented impacts of a changing climate.
In this lecture Dr Roös set the context of the need for a new paradigm in architecture, raising the debate to new heights for scaffolding a world view of ecological responsibility. The narrative explores the fundamentals for a more holistic, all encompassing, integral method, presenting a regenerative-adaptive pattern language for sustainable development, that re-establishes our wholeness with nature, and considers the vulnerabilities of a changing landscape. Reflecting on his learnings in practice and research, he ask us the question: What is the legacy that you will leave behind for future generations? It is time to change.
Link to Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/736493056941440 Link to Live Stream (Facebook Live): https://www.facebook.com/reallectures/posts/4856648807680362
Dr Phillip B. Roös
Ecological systems inspired architect, designer, planner and strategist. Pattern theorist. Artist. Biophilia vanguardist.