The role of the architect in the sustainable design process Posted on May 7, 2016 (January 16, 2019) by webmaster Years2019 2018 2017 2016 CategoriesCity Profile Commentary Main Feature Commentary / May - Jun 2016 The role of the architect in the sustainable design process by Joshua Comaroff The last decade has seen the slow rise of a peculiar idea. This is the belief that architects should not approach their work with a signature; the preoccupations of a career or practice have become an unwanted imposition. Due to the pressures of technology and society—not the least being sustainability—architects must now acknowledge that they are no longer the primary figures in the design process. Oddly enough, this position appears to be championed principally from within the profession itself. Various accounts are given of the architect’s retreat. For example, there is a popular notion that digital systems are taking over the work. Via computation and parametrics, the design process emerges as a strange new medium that is intelligent and responsive. At the same time, buildings now appear to be so formally complex as to beggar the resources of the architect’s (all too human) mind. The creator is reimagined as an adept of mathematical routines, allowing code to express its inherent beauty. This is manifested in a shift toward passive uses of technology—from students running borrowed scripts and Grasshopper configurations, to modes of practice in which the software, rather than its owner, is celebrated. To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues for free! Previously Published Commentary Commentary / 1st Quarter 2019 Rural-Urban Dichotomy: Dhaka Commentary1st Quarter 2019 Rural-Urban Dichotomy: Dhaka Commentary / 1st Quarter 2019 China & India Commentary1st Quarter 2019 China & India Commentary / 1st Quarter 2019 The Digital Bridge Commentary1st Quarter 2019 The Digital Bridge Commentary / Sep - Oct 2018 Functionality, quality, quantity: an overview of public housing in Hong Kong CommentarySep - Oct 2018 Functionality, quality, quantity: an overview of public housing in Hong Kong Commentary / Sep - Oct 2018 Private vs state housing: a review from Hanoi CommentarySep - Oct 2018 Private vs state housing: a review from Hanoi Commentary / Jul - Aug 2018 Urban greening and architectural form: A Bird’s Eye View CommentaryJul - Aug 2018 Urban greening and architectural form: A Bird’s Eye View Commentary / Jan - Feb 2018 The carbon question: What companies can do CommentaryJan - Feb 2018 The carbon question: What companies can do Commentary / Nov - Dec 2017 A new era of Philippine infrastructure CommentaryNov - Dec 2017 A new era of Philippine infrastructure Contact us at http://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.