Graphic Ecologies

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Brook Weld Muller


This essay describes strategic approaches to graphic representation associated with critical environmental engagement and that build from the idea of works of architecture as stitches in the ecological fabric of the city. It focuses on the building up of partial or fragmented graphics in order to describe inclusive, open-ended possibilities for making architecture that marry rich experience and responsive performance. An aphoristic approach to crafting drawings involves complex layering, conscious absence and the embracing of tension. A self-critical attitude toward the generation of imagery characterized by the notion of ‘loose precision’ may lead to more transformative and environmentally responsive architectures.

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Muller, B. “Graphic Ecologies”. Enquiry The ARCC Journal for Architectural Research, Vol. 11, no. 1, Dec. 2014, p. 7, doi:10.17831/enq:arcc.v11i1.242.
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Brook Weld Muller, University of Oregon

Brook Muller is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. He is Associate Professor in the Architecture Department, core faculty member in Environmental Studies, and Director of the Ecological Design Certificate Program. His research bridges design theory and ecologically responsive architectural practice. From 1993-1996, Brook worked with Behnsich & Partner Architects in Stuttgart, Germany, serving as co-project leader on the IBN Institute for Nature Research, a European Union pilot project for human and environmentally friendly building. He was project team leader with Blackbird Architects on the Honor Award (first place) winning entry for Great Central Valley “Housing the Next Ten Million” International Design Competition and the Van Atta Design Studio offices, recipient of the American Institute of Architects/Boston Society of Architects National Honor Award for Sustainable Design. Brook was primary consultant on the 2007 “Integrating Habitats Competition,” sponsored by Metro (of Portland, Oregon) and considered a “breakthrough in the annals of design competitions by Metropolis Magazine. In 2009, he was awarded the Oregon Campus Compact Faculty Award for Civic Engagement in Sustainability. Brook is the author of Ecology and the Architectural Imagination (Routledge 2014).


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