What are the obstacles to changing architectural environment?
There are very innovative projects of smart communities, sustainable architecture and urban planning, being done in the UK and other European countries.
Recently I learned that the Prince of Wales has funded the construction of an entire innovative village, Poundbury, a model for urban development in the New Millennium. [Whoa, I wish there were a couple of princes in Quebec too…]
Am I wrong? There have been numerous projects of energetically autonomous dwellings taking places in various countries, but cohousing projects of the nature that you described are not very common.
Six years ago, I wrote the business plan of a mobile home company aiming to export their very affordable sustainable green mobile homes in Asia and South America. I found that this writing exercise was quite complex, since I had to describe in great detail new processes and materials. But I found it exciting to look for sustainable affordable solutions.
What to you think are the obstacles to changing the current architectural environment?
Contemporary architectural thought seems to be narrowly focused on concepts largely superficial, like irrational insistence on high-tech materials — in fact this superficiality is linked with the wider society.
Do you see a change occuring in the training of architects? Does it include learning of any analytical methods?
Do you think that architects today are better at conceptualizing structures in terms of their underlying organizational principles?
I would be pleased to learn more about the Stroud initiatives.