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Outsider ethics and marginalized aesthetics: The value of contemporary environmental philosophies for designing sustainable architecture
Architecture Conference Proceedings and Presentations
  • Andrea Wheeler, Iowa State University
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Disciplines
Conference
PLEA 2017
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2017
Conference Title
PLEA 2017
Conference Date
July 3–5, 2017
Geolocation
(55.953252, -3.188266999999996)
Abstract

In this paper, I will explore the work of two contemporary environmental philosophers: Gernot Böhme, celebrated for his philosophy of architectural atmosphere although less known for his work on ecological aesthetics, and Luce Irigaray, a French philosopher renowned for her work inspiring a generation of feminist scholars but less well discussed for her work on environmental ethics. For Böhme, our designed environments are experienced through atmosphere; we feel our own presence in a built environment and feel the environment in which we are present. His approach to design depends on feeling experienced through being in space rather than seeing space or imagining it. Irigaray, on the other hand, now in her eighties, distinguishes experience as different between the sexes, not as already cultural, but rather to be cultivated. Her philosophy is provocative and challenged by many; while on the margins of Parisian intellectual society, she still works, teaches, and writes prolifically about environmental ethics. This paper examines how these two marginalized ecological philosophers can benefit the field of environmental design.

Copyright Owner
Andrea Wheeler
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Andrea Wheeler. "Outsider ethics and marginalized aesthetics: The value of contemporary environmental philosophies for designing sustainable architecture" Edinburgh, United Kingdom(2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andrea_wheeler/25/