The role of the architect in the sustainable design processPosted on May 7, 2016 (January 16, 2019) by webmasterYears20202019201820172016FuturArc Webinar Series SurveySign up for e-newsletterPassword resetSubscription DetailChange PasswordCategoriesMain FeatureCity ProfileShowcaseCommentaryCommentary / May - Jun 2016The role of the architect in the sustainable design processby 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, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020COVID, climate and conflict conspire to push up povertyCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020COVID, climate and conflict conspire to push up poverty Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Architecture as a force for goodCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Architecture as a force for good Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020COVID-19: Cities in the frontline of response and recoveryCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020COVID-19: Cities in the frontline of response and recovery Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020‘Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economyCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020‘Bold and creative’ solutions needed for a sustainable, post-pandemic economy Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Principles for recovery: Sustainable and resilient infrastructureCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Principles for recovery: Sustainable and resilient infrastructure Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Sustainable developmentCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Sustainable development Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Creating robust urban ecosystems in post-COVID-19 IndiaCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Creating robust urban ecosystems in post-COVID-19 India Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2020Part II: Modular Integrated Construction for sustainable futureCommentary, Online Exclusive Feature2020Part II: Modular Integrated Construction for sustainable future Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.