Circular Tectonics? A critical discussion of how the architectural discipline can drive ecological continuity

Marie Frier Hvejsel, Anne Beim

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Responding to the pressing global ecological challenges, recent environmental- and economic research call for a transition towards ‘circular economy’. This call gathers a series of emerging schools of thought rooted in ecological thinking, pointing to the fact that these challenges imply development of advanced interdisciplinary design approaches based on holistic concepts and a nuanced understanding of value. By suggesting the concept of 'Circular Tectonics' this paper outlines a critical entrance to the question of the possible role of the architectural discipline in the transition towards circular economy. This because tectonic thinking holds a series of potentials for establishing an ecology of means related to ends in architecture by linking its value (or meaning) to its construct. Associating the notion of tectonics with that of circularity, the paper aims to establish a critical framework for gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing ideas about ecological continuity, that feed into a circular architectural practice.
Translated title of the contributionCirkulær tektonik? En kritisk diskussion om hvordan arkitektur som faglig disciplin kan drive økologien frem
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventICSA 2019 - International Conference in Structures and Architecture, Lisbon - Universidad di Minho, Guimaraes, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 24 Jul 201926 Jul 2019
Conference number: 4


ConferenceICSA 2019 - International Conference in Structures and Architecture, Lisbon
LocationUniversidad di Minho, Guimaraes
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  • tectonics
  • Circular economy
  • ecology
  • architectural practice
  • innovation
  • Architectural Research

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