Blog post 8: Sustainability Lecture
The lecture called “Sustainability is Dead” by Lance Hosey started to beg the question: what does it take to ask the right question to connect design? Lance Hosey proposed a number of questions during the lecture pertaining to architectural design. I think this question is important to be coupled with the question: what if architecture were influenced by science rather than art?
Now this question is the most provocative of all the questions Lance talked about. This is an interesting concept to think of because it seems most “successful” architecture (or architecture that is assumed to be successful) within the architectural field are the buildings that stand out the most. They are the most artsy. I found this to be especially interesting of a concept because it seems like the most zany buildings get the most attention. The ironic part about it all is that these buildings tend to be the structures that are the least successful as a structure. I really admire Lance’s concept of this as he brought up Frank Gehry’s work as a prime example of someone who is praised for making the exact same building over and over. His zany buildings seem to get the most praise in the architectural community because they are unique. But in reality they are far from successful. The looks and style of the building does not match any of its surroundings.
I found Lance’s lecture to be extra interesting because he too showed distaste for Frank Gehry’s work. Frank Gehry does not represent any innovation in the field of architecture and sustainability and uses just one material for most of his buildings. These are emphases on art and not on science. They have no meaning other than to be unappealing metal sculptures. If these innovations were instead funneled into scientific architecture, buildings would begin to show beyond sustainability by showing regeneration. They could begin to make people feel different to how they feel. An understanding of this is crucial in the understanding into what it truly means to be an architect and not some person who crumbles pieces of paper together into a building.