Architecture for a sustainable society
Marks, David Emerson
Master of Architecture
Modernism has radically endangered the nature of mankind's relation to the planet upon which we depend for survival, and humanity now has the ability to destroy our environment. Modern culture is unsustainable, and to avoid disaster new patterns of existence must evolve. Architecture must be a part of this change. Many forms of architecture for a sustainable society have been posited. Some for a mass society of central control, others for a society returned to the agricultural village, and some for a society of self sufficient individuals. These fail because they are utopian. Sustainable architecture for America must address the reality of the suburbs. In order to reduce waste of land and energy, a denser fabric is needed. But this fabric must offer the amenities of the suburbs, therefore I propose a melding of the traditional row house and the suburban house types.
Architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning