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What is Environmental Architecture?

Problem: What is environmental architecture? Answer: Let’s start by stripping the term down to the basics: Buildings provide us shelter and they do this by controlling the environment. All architecture is necessarily environmental. Problem: But, isn’t there a set of values implied in the term? Should we be controlling nature to begin with? If so, how? Answer: A classical view…

Environmental Futures

From left to right, Geoff Manaugh, Bruce Sterling, and Mark Smout discuss Environmental Futures. Photo by David Stentiford. “The Ecotopians must be positively allergic to paint,” observes foreign correspondent William Weston, “They build with rock, adobe, weathered boards.” These earthen structures are an early view of the built environment we encounter in Ernest Callenbach’s 1975 speculative novel Ecotopia: homes covered…

Q&A: William L. Fox

Nevada Museum of Art This week the Nevada Museum of Art will host the second Art + Environment Conference (September 29 – October 1) continuing the discussion it initiated in 2008. In downtown Reno, with long views of the Sierra Nevada outside the window, I sat down with William L. Fox, the Director of the museum’s path-breaking Center for Art…