Designers and architects must no longer think in terms of geography but in terms of topology. Enough of the house as an artificial cave; it is more a warping of the sphere of interpersonal relations. Such a change in the way we think is not easy. The change from thinking in terms of flat surfaces to thinking in terms of the surface of a globe was an achievement for its time. But thinking in terms of topology is made easier by the use of synthesized images of mathematical equations. Thus for example, one no longer sees the earth as a geographical location in the solar system but as a warp in the gravitational field of the sun. This is what the new type of house must look like: a warp in the interpersonal sphere by which relationships are ‘attracted’. Such an attractive house would have to assemble those relationships, process them in the form of information, store them and pass them on. A creative house as the nucleus of an interpersonal network.
TECHNICAL sustainability is quantitative and relies on doing the same things more efficiently, whereas ECOLOGICAL sustainability is qualitative and requires a fundamentally new way of doing things.
The Shape of Green by Lance Hosey (via cepcitystudio)