The Organic Architecture Guild

A Sustainability Union

Collaboration of Virtual and Physical Architecture


This is the research of Aaron Kadoch, from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, USA
The research poster is being presented at the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS) in A Coruna, Spain from June 25-28th 2013

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The organising committee of the International Symposium on 'Sustainable Environments in a Changing Global Context: Identifying Opportunities for Innovative Spaces and Practices in Contexts of Crisis' is pleased to announce that the symposium will be held in A Coruña, from the 25th to the 28th of June, 2013. This international symposium is organized by the IAPS (International Association for People-Environment Studies) Networks on "Culture and Space in the Built Environment", "Housing", and "Sustainability", with the objective of bringing together participants from various disciplines with the aim of creating a shared and reflexive space of knowledge and debate on issues relevant to people-environment studies, and, more specifically, to creative solutions to acute problems in times and contexts of crisis. These network events are part of an established tradition of the IAPS community, a tradition that combines presentations of research studies with discussions of theory and applications for the practice of architects, urban designers and planners, psychologists, but also all those interested in the analysis of sustainable and rapidly changing environments from a human perspective. It will be the primary aim of the organizers of this symposium to build on and enhance this tradition.

Why identify opportunities in contexts of crisis?

Recent years in our economic, social and ecological global context have raised the necessity for change in the geopolitical, built and social environment. While Europe and North America have gone through a deep economic crisis, which has affected all aspects of life – especially housing and working conditions -, other areas of the world have continued to grow and develop. The changing global context has important implications on the ways human beings organize their settings for everyday life – their residential environments and communal services, in particular - and on the relevance of the objectives related to sustainability in our societies.

The symposium of A Coruña (Spain) will seek to analyze the complex challenges posed by the structural changes in our global context and to explore new policy measures, other ways and instruments to transform existing urban and rural environments according to the ecological, social and economic principles of sustainability, including poverty alleviation and the promotion of equity.

It will seek to explore lessons from different parts of the world regarding the transformations in everyday built environments and to develop innovative synergies between solutions and adaptations encountered in multiple cultural contexts.

Questions to be addressed

  • How have the unequal changes in different parts of the world affected human life and built environments?
  • What effects do changes in the economic priorities have on the climate change mitigation objectives in different countries?
  • What are the growing trends in housing and what opportunities and threats do they pose for achieving sustainability?
  • How do residential and work environments adapt to new global contexts?
  • How is our space-related culture influenced by these new trends in our economic and political contexts?
  • How do relevant social and political agents and scientists face the new challenges for the built environments?
  • What are some of the new technological and human solutions to the problem of reconciling the logic of economic profit and consumption with the logic of sustainability?
  • What new policy instruments can be developed to integrate sustainability principles in everyday residential and work environments?
  • What are the opportunities for a culture of sustainable architecture and design in both rural and urban locations?
  • How can social science research support sustainable life styles and supportive environments?

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