Journal article

Fields of sustainable architecture

Ceridwen Owen, Kim Dovey

JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Using the theoretical framework of Bourdieu's sociology, this paper explores the 'field' of architecture through the eyes of architects engaged in the quest for sustainable architecture. The practice of sustainable architecture is often described as one of trying to serve two masters within the fields of art and science respectively. In Bourdieu's terms, these are overlapping fields where the practice of sustainable architecture is like playing two games on the same field. To play it effectively requires a feel for both games and the integrated ideal is to score both goals simultaneously. However, the desire for integration is not easily realised and part of the struggle is over definitions ..

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