Critical to our survival is to fully understand the symbiotic relationship to the ecology that sustains us. Life patterns and relationships described by dwellings, work places and community places are measured by the health of the people and the relative ecology. Challenge the change is that natural resources in our ecosystem are finite. Equally dramatic because of this human kind are endangered species.
Potential aesthetics are bio-climatic forms, sustainable building materials, renewable energy, energy efficiency and reclaimed, reformed materials. A philosophy for a post-mechanical aesthetic could be a symbiotic relationship between building, people and ecology. The key is the efficiency of the whole building system.
If sustainable design is growing in importance in creating architecture, it must inspire. To be successful it must have examples that captivate the imagination as in the past.
Sustainable symbiotic design in architecture must be the central philosophy of the new aesthetic. With aesthetics, designers still think it is a impossible moral problem that performance is enough. Neither should be sacrificed; beauty or performance. If the design is complete it should stimulate the intellect and arouse the emotions.
The desire for a harmonious balance with a relative ecology is not new. For centuries, particularly in domestic and vernacular architecture, people adopted this approach out of need. Since the industrial revolution, this has been abandoned because of the focus on material wealth.