Environmental Ethics 33 (4):339-356 (2011)
Eco-minimalism is an emerging approach to building design, construction, and retrofitting. The approach is exemplified by the work of architect Howard Liddell and sustainable water management consultant Nick Grant. The fundamental tenet of this approach is an opposition to the use of inappropriate, unnecessary, and ostentatious eco-technology—or “eco-bling”—where the main emphasis is on being seen to be green. The adoption of the principles of the eco-minimalist approach offers, they argue, a significant opportunity to improve sustainability in construction. However, a critical examination of eco-minimalism as a design philosophy shows that eco-minimalism needs to be further developed within the framework of virtue ethics. The focus should be on two main themes: (1) incommensurabilities arising in relation to eco-minimalism’s goals of minimizing environmental impact and maximizing human benefit, which cannot be resolved from the principles Liddell and Grant have articulated, and (2) the practical importance of cultivating settled dispositions to act eco-minimally on the part of those who design, construct, and use buildings. A strong emphasis needs to be placed on the role of practical wisdom when navigating challenging decisions of the kind facing eco-minimalists in practice
|Keywords||Applied Philosophy General Interest|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Eco-Authoritarianism, Eco-Reformism or Eco-Marxism?: Part Two of 'Foundations for Developing a Green Political Theory'.Alan Carter - 1996 - Cogito 10 (2):115-123.
Overcoming Boundaries of Wisdom: From Eco-Phenomenology to Eco-Logos.Charles S. Brown - 2005 - Dialogue and Universalism 15 (1-2):9-18.
Nature, Virtue, and the Nature of Virtue.C. D. Meyers - 2010 - Southwest Philosophy Review 26 (1):109-117.
Bins, Bulbs, and Shower Timers: On the 'Techno-Ethics' of Sustainable Living.Kersty Hobson - 2006 - Ethics, Place and Environment 9 (3):317 – 336.
Truth and Lies in Umberto Eco's Baudolino.Sabine Mercer - 2011 - Philosophy and Literature 35 (1):16-31.
Feminism, Depp Ecology, and Environmental Ethics.Michael E. Zimmerman - 1987 - Environmental Ethics 9 (1):21-44.
Introducing Eco-Masculinities: How a Masculine Discursive Subject Approach to the Individual Differences Theory of Gender and IT Impacts an Environmental Informatics Project.D. G. Kreps - unknown
Daniel A. Farber, Eco‐Pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World:Eco‐Pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World.Lynda L. Butler - 2001 - Ethics 111 (2):407-409.
Deeper Than Deep Ecology: The Eco-Feminist Connection.Ariel Kay Salleh - 1984 - Environmental Ethics 6 (4):339-345.
Are Ecology and Evolutionary Biology “Soft” Sciences?Massimo Pigliucci - 2002 - Annales Zoologici Finnici 39:87-98.
Added to index2012-09-18
Total downloads8 ( #484,585 of 2,154,170 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #397,226 of 2,154,170 )
How can I increase my downloads?