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Old August 17th, 2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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Does the importance of sustainability and the environment in architectural design compromise the aesthetics of architecture?

Hi everyone!

I am doing some research for my Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) with the above title. I am from the UK and currently studying for my A levels and basically, an EPQ is an additional qualification that involves conducting independent research into a specific area of interest that is not covered by my compulsory studies syllabus and relates to the degree I will hopefully study at university. So I'm asking for your help!
If you have any comments on the topic please discuss! it could be really useful for my research. I also have the following questions which may prompt response or discussion:

How important would you say considering the environment and our environmental problems is in architecture today?

Do you think such a heavy focus on sustainability and the environment could hinder the potential overall appearance of a building?

Could zero-energy developments and eco-designs be a worldwide solution to our energy problems and environmental concerns?

In your opinion, are the aesthetics and appearance of a building or it's eco-friendliness more important and why?

Do you have any good examples of successful or unsuccessful eco/zero-energy/sustainable buildings? For example I have researched 'earth-ships' which I personally find quite unattractive but are incredibly eco-friendly. On the other hand 'One Angel Square' in Manchester, UK is one of the most visually appealing buildings I have known to have such a good 'BREEAM' rating and be so sustainable!

Does the importance of sustainability and the environment in architectural design compromise the aesthetics of architecture?

P.S any quotes or general ideas that you give and I end up using as part of my research, I will let you know and fully reference! So, if you specialise in a relevant area, are a professional or have any qualifications related to the topic of architecture and/or sustainability, please let me know! But I am equally as interested in the general public's opinions! THANK YOU!
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Old August 17th, 2014, 04:51 PM   #2
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I don't think the issue of ecofriendliness would necessarily hinder architects. In fact it could even be a source of inspiration for them. Architects have always found ways to make buildings look good, no matter what limitations held them back. It's really about the budget.
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