The role of the architect in the sustainable design process Posted on May 7, 2016 (August 16, 2021) by Admin Futurarc Years2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 30-day free access to FuturArc App CategoriesMain Feature City Profile Showcase Commentary Commentary / May - Jun 2016 The role of the architect in the sustainable design process by Joshua Comaroff May 7, 2016 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. Previously Published Commentary Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2022A look back at 2022: Readers’ favourites & most-viewed stories Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature2022A look back at 2022: Readers’ favourites & most-viewed stories Commentary / 4th Quarter 2022Form Follows Political Paradigm: A reflection on Indonesia’s new capital city Commentary4th Quarter 2022Form Follows Political Paradigm: A reflection on Indonesia’s new capital city Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.