Architectural theories of the environment: post-human territory. By Ariane Lourie Harrison, Routledge, London, 2012. 336 pp, ISBN 978-0-415-50619-9, £29.99 (pb)
Publisher’s description: As architects and designers, we struggle to reconcile ever increasing environmental, humanitarian, and technological demands placed on our projects. Our new geological era, the Anthropocene, marks humans as the largest environmental force on the planet and suggests that conventional anthropocentric approaches to design must accommodate a more complex understanding of the interrelationship between architecture and environment. Here, for the first time, editor Ariane Lourie Harrison collects the essays of architects, theorists, and sustainable designers that together provide a framework for a post-human understanding of the design environment. An introductory essay defines the key terms, concepts, and precedents for a post-human approach to architecture, and nine fully illustrated case studies of buildings from around the globe demonstrate how issues raised in post-human theory provide rich terrain for contemporary architecture, making theory concrete. By assembling a range of voices across different fields, from urban geography to critical theory to design practitioners, this anthology offers a resource for design professionals, educators, and students seeking to grapple the ecological mandate of our current period.