An Eco-poetic Approach to Architecture Across Boundaries

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The paper argues that an architectural philosophy that is open for a dialogue with Asian views would allow for a new approach to conceptualising the interconnectedness of minds, bodies, environments, and cultures. Linking Asian and Western aesthetics with a discourse on ecology, and setting it into dialogue with contemporary theories of architecture, the paper refers to recent research on embodiment that is engaging from a new point of view with the natural sciences, and that appears to confirm positions of traditional Chinese philosophy.

Reconsidering traditional Chinese art and aesthetics, the paper suggests, could initiate a new eco-poetic way of thinking the built environment and its design in favour of a meaningful future.

The article shows that ancient thought is not necessarily outdated. Recent research in neuroscience, for example, confirms positions on embodied experience that can be found in ancient Chinese philosophy. They are incorporated in China's traditional architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-291
Number of pages11
JournalKnE Social Sciences
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2019


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