Is radical design change crucial to sustainability? Lessons from scottish contemporary architecture
Radical innovation is largely recognized as a medium of advancement, source of growth for economies, and a trigger for progress generation.
Often, this type of innovation is identified with technological advancement and with disruptive phenomena of destruction and creation of new systems and dynamics. Yet within a context of a changing world, in which principles of economic, environmental and social sustainability seem to be common objectives, a reflection on the type of progress and the need for radical innovation may be relevant to undertake.
This work presents an analysis of a number of contemporary Scottish architectural designs, developed under the aegis of sustainable principles and explores the type of sustainable innovation introduced and the results achieved.
This analysis provides a basis for discussion on the need for radical innovation in the context of sustainable architecture and explores the role of other types of innovation against results achieved.
This discussion could contribute to reflect on the current state of practice in design, as well as in policy making in regard to the definition and management of the future of our built environment.
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