Sustainable Development through Architecture: A Reflection

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Author(s) Ijatuyi Olufunto O. | Arayela Olatunde
Pages 632-639
Volume 3
Issue 6
Date June, 2013
Keywords Architecture, housing, sustainable building, sustainable development, multidiscipline.

Abstract

The current global discourse on sustainable development has necessitated the intervention of various disciplines; and previous studies have shown that sustainable development poses a challenge for pedagogy in all fields. As for its nature, therefore, sustainable development should not be treated monolithically but should be addressed holistically. The paper takes a reflection into how sustainable development has been achieved over time through architecture with consideration for its importance in the contemporary and future time in a changing environment. Employing a sustainable building developed by the Building Research Establishment in Watford, United Kingdom as a premise, the paper noted that the efficient use of sustainable planning and design, sustainable materials, and construction are the best practices by which sustainable development can be achieved. The paper recommends working with nature as the most efficient way to sustainable development through architecture.

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