Kiel Moe is a practicing architect and associate professor of architecture and energy at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, where he co-directs of the Master of Design Studies design research program. His research and pedagogy focuses on an agenda for design and energy that is at once more ecologically and architecturally ambitious. Moe has published eight books on varied aspects of energy in architecture. In recognition of his design and research, he was the 2009-2010 Gorham P. Stevens Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture as well as the 2012 Barbara and Andrew Senchak Fellow MacDowell Colony. Moe received the 2013 Boston Design Biennial award, the 2011 Architecture League of New York Prize, the 2011 AIA National Young Architect award, and numerous design awards for individual projects from the AIA, North American Wood Design Awards, and Boston Society of Architects, among others.
Our Model of Models
While it may take some years to become fully apparent, the least sustainable aspect of “sustainable” architecture and urbanization is the technocratic apparatus that has come to define, and over-determine, the pedagogy and practice of environmental topics in architecture. Equally reductive and deterministic habits over-determine the “formal” apparatus of design. Architecture withers in the ensuing fake debate about pressing topics in schools of design. In the context of resilience and twenty-first century design, it is time we reckon with the ecological and epistemological damage wrought by sustainability and other inherited models of environmental design and management. Today we need other models with which to reason and imagine that which will support life in this century.
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