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These are critical times. Throughout history, change has been the background to our lives. But now the nature of change has changed. We are in the grip of widespread and systemic ecological and economic meltdown. This is as a timely moment to reconsider all aspects of architecture, because it is so obviously required and architects now have the time and motivation to engage in such an exercise. This is critical thinking for critical times.
The second essay in the new Campaign decries Modernism for its betrayal of our essential humanity, and puts the case for why this must be regained to achieve true sustainability
In the third installment of the AR’s campaign, Peter Buchanan introduces Integral theory, which establishes a new framework for the design of 21st-century buildings and cities
Major regenerative change provoked by crisis involves both a leap forward and a reappraisal and integration of the best of the past − a process known in Integral theory as ‘transcend and include
The architecture of the past and other cultures represents a vast resource to study and learn from, now made widely available by modern scholarship, publications and audio-visual media − a great legacy of modernity
The cultivation of a sense of place embeds architecture more fully in the world as an experience that goes beyond buildings to articulate and resonate more intensively with wider human concerns and ideals
The reappraisal of past architecture and the integration of its achievements into a new, higher level of synthesis underscores the transforming ethos of ‘transcend and include’, epitomised by this examination of the work of four exemplary living masters
As a key theory underscoring the still unfolding narrative of human evolution, Spiral Dynamics examines the complex interaction of culture and society
The fundamental purpose of urban design is to provide a framework to guide the development of the citizen. As this AR campaign reaches its conclusion, the penultimate essay attacks the City of Doing found in modernity
Drawing on the lessons of the series, the final part of the Big Rethink proposes a new kind of prototypical neighbourhood that expresses a more resonant connection with all aspects of the human condition and suggests a genuinely enriching approach to indivual and communal life
Reflecting on The Big Rethink series of essays, Buchanan argues for a new culture integrating understandings of ecology, evolution and identity