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Keywords:

  • Woodstock generation;
  • Rafael Moneo;
  • buildings as mirrors;
  • Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Kansai International Airport Terminal, Osaka, Japan, 1994;
  • buildings seldom stand alone;
  • Ernest Ng, Michael-John Baillie, Dan Stripp and Paul Dudowski (University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning), Quad House, Buffalo, New York, 2009;
  • Deusto University Library-CRAI, Bilbao, Spain, 2009;
  • interdisciplinary approaches;
  • ‘starchitect’;
  • The Fountainhead;
  • unhelpful arrogance;
  • significance of time;
  • Peter Rice;
  • reorientate architectural education

Abstract

As a throwback to the idealism of the 1970s, with its contemporary layering of ‘obscure language, extreme ideas and incomprehensible rhetoric’, is EcoRedux helpful to architects? Brian Carter, Professor and Dean at the School of Architecture and Planning at the State University of New York at Buffalo, thinks so. A licensed architect in the UK, who most recently worked in practice with Arup Associates in London before taking up an academic position in North America, Carter regards environmental issues as a single but important aspect of design. He urges architects and architectural educators to make the direct engagement with the difficulties of designing and constructing buildings their priority. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.