From high-tech to eco-tech: image or substance? A study of the change in design imperatives in the architectural practice of Lord Norman Foster

Martinez, Carlos Alberto (2005). From high-tech to eco-tech: image or substance? A study of the change in design imperatives in the architectural practice of Lord Norman Foster B.A. Thesis, School of Geography, Planning & Env Management, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Martinez, Carlos Alberto
Thesis Title From high-tech to eco-tech: image or substance? A study of the change in design imperatives in the architectural practice of Lord Norman Foster
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning & Env Management
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005-01-01
Thesis type B.A. Thesis
Supervisor Skinner, Peter
Total pages 111
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract

This dissertation examines the evolution of High-Tech architecture into what is now being labeled the Eco-Tech approach. This evolution will specifically be investigated through an examination of the architectural practice of Lord Norman Foster. Through the critical analysis of a number of Foster’s buildings from the High-Tech period against ones from the Eco-Tech period, this study aims to find whether there has, in fact, been a genuine shift in his practice. This study also proposes an examination of the events or socio-historical circumstances that generated this shift from High-Tech to Eco-Tech. Furthermore, as the current global environmental crisis is identified as the main impetus for this transformation, this present study will question whether this shift is a legitimate response to the call for architecture to become more environmentally sustainable.

Keyword Foster, Norman -- Works (Named person)
High-Tech architecture
Eco-Tech architecture
Architecture and design industries

Document type: Thesis
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