Building in a natural landscape

Building in the Natural Landscape (and Other Things I Think I Know)

Designing with respect for nature and using the setting as a partner in the process.


This presentation focuses on designing with respect for nature and seeing the setting as a partner in the process rather than as a mere placemat. It also touches upon a number of closely related thoughts and insights.

Presented as a part of the CRAN Symposium 2016.

Learning objectives

  • Stimulate dialogue between members
  • Consider ideas for “reading” the landscape to enhance building design
  • Consider the example of this architect’s career long search for memorable architecture
  • Consider thoughts critical of standard sustainability theory

This course is part of a series

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1.00 LU
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