Another end of the world is possible

Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, from bioeconomy to architecture

César Reyes Nájera and Simona Popova for ARQ #111 Degrowth

Can technology ignore the physical limits of growth, or can it only provide us with more and better products, but also with more and better waste? This is a text that reflects on the entropic nature of construction materials and their economic process, based on the work of the Romanian economist Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, and applies the theory of the irreversible quality of (natural) resources used for economic purposes to architecture. The discussion helps us to critically reflect if architecture can, given its material quality, extend the life or death of the world, or whether it is simply an activity that contributes for us to having “a short but extravagant existence”.

Written by César Reyes Nájera and Simona Bozhidarova Popova
An essay for ARQ #111 ‘Degrowth’, published by Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Title: Another end of the world is possible: Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, from bioeconomy to architecture

Languages: English, Spanish

Date: August 2022

DOI: 10.4067/S0717-69962022000200052

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