Religion and lifestyle reflected in poor arquitecture and planning pt.1

January 28, 2009 at 2:20 am (Essays) (, )

For my first post I decided to write about something I found really interesting, which is green arquitecture and sustainable construction. I have been reading some things on the subject, and I’d like to share some of what I have learned so far. I intendo to write a follow up on the matter, since there is too much info for just one post.

First of all, “green arquitecture” is a concept that goes beyond just building things with low energy consumption, and filled with trees and things like that. It’s so much more, it’s understanding the connection between the building and the environment, using regional materials, working WITH the terrain and not angainst it, minimize impact onf the surroundings, visualizing the building as as an extent of the land, and all that without losing the aesthetic iconography. It seems that green arquitecture is a growing trend in constructions (though few buildings are truly “green”) now when the environmental problema is pressing down on us. Maybe the only choice is to turn green, but why has this taken so long?

Our point of view on nature and the environment is shaped by everything in our culture and our lifestyle, with religion playing a mjor role in our mentality. For example, in western religions, god created everything and the entire world exists on his will. Teachings in these religions show man also as a creation of god, but fail to connect him with the natural world. There is no commitment or responsibility implied in the use of resources. Man exists on god’s world to benefit from it. You can see it many examples of it in the bible for example.

Heaven, for example is a place for the soul, implying that the essence and importance of man relies not in the physical world. Needless to say, there is no mention of any animal or plant present in heaven.

Christianity is not the only example on this case, and there are sure some cases in which the opposite occurs. But this post is getting kind of long and I’ll have to leave it for later jaja, depends on how’s the response to this one.

Don’t miss “Religion and lifestyle reflected in poor arquitecture and planning pt.2” !! (I need a better title for the post)


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