Theories of Sustainable Architecture

Reinterpreting sustainable architecture theories for improved knowledge share

A PhD project by Elizabeth Donovan

In reaction to the implications from the industrial revolution, sustainability has become a crucial and prominent issue worldwide, particularly in the last 30 years.

Subsequently, sustainable architecture has grown in importance, with significant contemporary theories emerging. However, despite the immense array of existing knowledge and literature, theories of sustainable architecture is still a vast and vague topic. Parallel to this, the current connection between theory and practice can be seen as linear and disjointed, this is even more evident with the ambiguous nature of theories of sustainable architecture.

This research intends to find structure and hierarchy within theories of sustainable architecture through critically examination and forming an initial systematic framework in order to relate, adapt and configure existing theories to discover if patterns, consistencies and meanings emerge. This may suggest relationships and binding principles. Encouraging theories of sustainable architecture to become more accessible for improved knowledge share – bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Period: 1 February 2015 – 31 January 2018