Performing Sustainability: Synthetic, Self Organizing, Eco-tectures

Friday, September 13, 2013

Presentation by Meredith Sattler, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Lecture summary: Branko Kolarevic has described Performative Architecture as not only an index, but a mediator of emerging cultural patterns. In reality, architectures perform much more intimately: in parasitic or mutualistic relationships with their occupants, hosts or partners. Throughout the history of architecture select projects have aggressively constructed symbiotic relationships between enclosure and species in order to generate more sustainable space-time continuums. These multi-functional eco-tectural systems, designed to manifest as ecosystem service provisioning synthetic, sustainable, self-organizing ecologies, engage a diverse range of design and operational strategies. While highly programmed in the design phase, their ultimate performance is completely entwined with the agendas and actions of the living beings within, who may or may not have participated in their design. As premiums are increasingly placed on sustainable performance, the anti is upped for architects, their inter-disciplinary design teams, and building occupants to not only set a productive stage, but also to perform quantitative and qualitative narratives of sustainability throughout the building life-cycle.