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  • Soldiering Sustainability

    Anne Rademacher

    Chapter from the book: Rademacher, A. 2017. Building Green: Environmental Architects and the Struggle for Sustainability in Mumbai.


    This conclusion chapter revisits the book’s core tension: the enthusiasm with which architects trained in environmental design, and the bureaucratic, political, and economic circumstances that made it virtually impossible in actual practice. Using the analytical concepts of scale, temporality, moral ecology, environmental affinity, and aspiration, it argues that architects trained at Rachana Sansad Institute for Environmental Architecture accepted their vocation as deferred, but worthwhile precisely because they foresaw imminent political economic changes that would affirm their place in a necessary future vanguard of green expertise. The RSIEA case underscores the peculiar temporality of contemporary urban sustainability as it is lived in social life: actual good design was always deferred, and yet ever-more-urgent.

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    Rademacher, A. 2017. Soldiering Sustainability. In: Rademacher, A, Building Green. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.42.h

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    Published on Nov. 1, 2017