Sustainable Design Methods - Elective Peter Ruge
Introduction 16th October 2013, 9:00 am
DIA Building 08, Room 004
Architecture is a component of cultural discourse, constructed within the principles and practices by which people contextualise their ‘human condition’. For over 5000 years, the composition of space and configuration of its elements are reflected by an ongoing desire to create environments in harmony with a natural flow of energies cultivating our mind, body and spirit. The universality of these ideas are observable amid diverse methods to stabilise, protect, adjust and restore balance.
Through investigation of the origins of; the virtues of Vitruvian’s utilitas, firmitas and venustas in ‘De Architectura’ in the west; the space orientation systems of Feng Shui and Dao in the east; and the ‘magic’ renaissance of dowsing and geomancy; the natural concepts behind the communities of the world and their buildings are further understood.
What can we learn from the universal principle of architecture and their good vibrations?
How can we continue this spatial conscience to provide criteria for evaluating building design today?
This semester SDM will explore the pursuit of harmony within architecture and landscapes that appear throughout time and across continents. Methods of design that seek good vibrations between the natural and built environments in their cultural context will be explored in collaboration with students from Kyoto Seika University, Japan.