The Organic Architecture Guild

A Sustainability Union
Guild Projects

Organic Architecture Magazine -Integrating a natural aesthetic for a sustainable future to use less, live more and be natural.

Concept:

  • Outdated notions of Organic Architecture, as encumbered by the often stylized originator Frank Lloyd Wright, have clouded the founding principles of a very sophisticated way of thinking about design and the context within which it exists. Organic Architecture is relevant and needed today more than ever as we ponder how to improve the quality of sustainable processes and products. The basic principle of organic architecture is that a designed work can be a unique and holistic vision not simply representative of a specific place, people and culture but an integral part of them.
  • It appears that there is a real need to provide visual examples of sustainability on a new level that inspires broader integration into the average individual’s life - a life more deeply connected to nature by design. While typical “green” projects scratch the surface of sustainable practices in architecture, Organic Architecture, if followed, goes beyond Platinum LEED certification. Organic architecture is a way of design thinking and living accessible to all people, not only those with means to hire architects and pursue LEED certification. It goes beyond green products, systems, functions and practices. It represents those projects, individuals, organizations and communities that are actually returning to the laws, ways and materials of nature on a much deeper, low-carbon level. Aesthetics are not the ends, but the means and we cannot hide the fact that integral sustainable design, by default will also visually represent its inner workings and local culture. What is organic will also be apparent aesthetically. The magazine is meant to inspire “localization;” design as a product of resources integrated from within the close proximity of a place. The magazine is a counterpoint to the monoculture of high carbon globalization.
  • Organic Architecture Magazine simply aspires to connect the dots, and extract or highlight those elements of a design project or product that is a cut above in terms of sustainability. There are amazing examples throughout history and being constructed every day, yet we present them intermingled with the lauded mediocre projects and projects that could go further in terms of their sustainable integrity.  Organic Architecture Magazine will be a gallery of exemplary projects and will uncover the formulas that make projects visually and functionally organic. Readers will gain practical knowledge as well as be inspired to make their own projects and local communities visibly sustainable and be given a series of “green-prints” to follow. Manufacturers will have opportunities to highlight their products as being integral building blocks to the nature of the architectural process functionally, as well as aesthetically, rather than simply be an out-of context advertisement placed within the pages. In this way, the magazine is an educational tool at heart instead of a marketing vehicle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic Architecture Magazine Focus:

  • The comprehensive integration of site and climate specific design with architectural form and space.
  • Thoughtful, architectural Integration of sustainable technologies.
  • The blending of craftsmanship with, local, natural materials and native vegetation.
  • Design representing the spirit of local culture, history and the human context.
  • Low-impact and cost effective construction methodologies and fabrication techniques.
  • Design practices and methodologies that promote the organic integration of local resources from within a community.