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Do we Understand Sustainability? An Architectural Insight Into the Origin of the Concept

Version 1 : Received: 24 November 2021 / Approved: 25 November 2021 / Online: 25 November 2021 (14:43:15 CET)

How to cite: Mondal, T. Do we Understand Sustainability? An Architectural Insight Into the Origin of the Concept. Preprints 2021, 2021110480 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202111.0480.v1). Mondal, T. Do we Understand Sustainability? An Architectural Insight Into the Origin of the Concept. Preprints 2021, 2021110480 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202111.0480.v1).

Abstract

Sustainability is a concept shrouded in abstraction. While we have definitions in existence, it is often difficult to explain the concept itself. The current definition of ‘sustainable development’ was given by the Brundtland Commission’s report in 1987. The Earth Summit at Rio in 1992 gave us Agenda 21, an action plan to achieve sustainable development. Now in the 21st century, philosophers, academicians, and researchers across the globe are paving the way for a new understanding of the term ‘sustainability’, its contextual nature, and its relation to humans, politics, and ecology. This article investigates the origins of the term ‘sustainability’, its derivatives, and the concept of sustainable development. A semantical analysis is carried out to understand the differences between ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable development’. Next, the development of the three pillars of sustainability and the application of these concepts in the field of architecture and design is also investigated.

Keywords

architecture; sustainability; sustainable development; sustainable design

Subject

ARTS & HUMANITIES, Architecture and Design

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