DEKAY, Mark
(United States)

Title of contribution:

THE INTEGRAL LENS (Acad)


Designing relationships to Nature (Acad)


Where & when:

Provance
Saturday, 26th 12:00-14:00


Provance
Saturday, 26th 12:00-14:00


THE INTEGRAL LENS (Acad)

In this paper, we explore an integrally-informed, Wilber-influenced approach to architectural photography’s many variations. Using historical examples, we examine four fundamental perspectives (quadrants) of the eye (UL), view (LL), frame (UR), and practice (LR). Each quadratic perspective is unpacked for four domains: the photographer, making of the photograph, the photograph itself, and viewing the photograph.

We consider the development of architectural photography using examples across worldviews from traditional, modern, postmodern and integral. Levels and Quadrants are intersected to reveal 16 prospects and the concerns of each. We define types in different quadrants, focusing mostly on the distinctions of documentary, editorial, and fine art forms. These various elements are combined in different ways to explain major movements and schools, illustrated with examples.

We conclude with defining integrally-informed architectural photography with examples.


Designing relationships to Nature (Acad)

The paper investigates, “How can buildings place people into rich, significant relationships with Nature?” It looks at ideas of what people think Nature and energy are and their concomitant intentions, seen via narratives and dominant nature metaphors, manifested as design responses and solutions—via five worldviews. Architecture is a powerful mediator of the relationship between humans and Nature, one that we inhabit. However, contemporary sustainable design takes a prospect on Nature dominated by performance, a valid but limited approach that leaves out ecological pattern, human experiences, and the cultural meaning of “connecting to Nature.” Alternate worldviews see Nature differently: Traditional (primal force and structure), Modern (resources and services), Postmodern (community), Integral (complex living systems) and Transpersonal (access to unity of Spirit). They find different valid solutions to design-with-nature; integrally-informed architecture can access them all.


About Mark Dekay

Mark Dekay, University of Tennessee, USA, professor, architect, author, “Integral Sustainable Design: Transformative Perspectives,” first book to apply integral theory to design. Primary co-author, “Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies, 3rd, ed.” Current scholarship in architectural photography and in architectural design strategies for connecting people to nature and for the human experience of natural rhythms in buildings. Married to his editor, Susanne Bennett.

Website: https://utk.academia.edu/MarkDeKay