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Value-change and self-reflective practice in ecologically sustainable design

Mellersh-Lucas, Susan, de Jong, Ursula and Fuller, Robert 2010, Value-change and self-reflective practice in ecologically sustainable design, in ANZAScA 2010 : On the border : architectural science in theory & practice : Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, ANZAScA, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 1-7.

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Title Value-change and self-reflective practice in ecologically sustainable design
Author(s) Mellersh-Lucas, Susan
de Jong, UrsulaORCID iD for de Jong, Ursula orcid.org/0000-0002-7686-0619
Fuller, Robert
Conference name Architectural Science Association. Conference (44th : 2010 : Auckland, New Zealand))
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 24-26 Nov. 2010
Title of proceedings ANZAScA 2010 : On the border : architectural science in theory & practice : Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Architectural Science Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher ANZAScA
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Keyword(s) self-reflective practice
ecologically sustainable design
value-change
Summary Ecologically sustainable design is a transformative design paradigm based on the theory of interdependence. This theory requires that the transformative agenda of design is holistic in practice. In effect, the requirement is for value-change on the part of the designer along with transformation of the built environment. This paper, based on recently completed research into design practice, argues that value-change rests on certainties that are drawn on intuitively while designing, and that this intuitive process is characteristic of design as praxis. It is further argued that design, as praxis, requires a phenomenological approach for inculcating value-change. A phenomenological approach relies on self-reflective practices exemplified by meditation and yoga that can focus on the designer’s ethical know-how. A model for this approach to value-change, the biopsychosocial approach, already exists within clinical medicine. This paper presents findings from interviews with key architects practising self-reflection and/or ecologically sustainable design. These highlight the premium placed by these architects on both certainty and empathy, and how these values influence design as praxis. Formalising techniques for closer scrutiny of these values will highlight design as praxis. Doing so will critically strengthen ecologically sustainable design as holistic, transformative practice.
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Language eng
Field of Research 120202 Building Science and Techniques
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, ANZAScA
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033244

Document type: Conference Paper
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