Examining the complex social and material relationships between architecture and ecology which constitute modern cultures, this collection responds to the need to extend architectural thinking about ecology beyond current design literatures. This book shows how the ‘habitats’, ‘natural milieus’, ‘places’ or ‘shelters’ that construct architectural ecologies are composed of complex and dynamic material, spatial, social, political, economic and ecological concerns.

With contributions from a range of leading international experts and academics in architecture, art, anthropology, philosophy, feminist theory, law, medicine and political science, this volume offers professionals and researchers engaged in the social and cultural biodiversity of built environments, new interdisciplinary perspectives on the relational and architectural ecologies which are required for dealing with the complex issues of sustainable human habitation and environmental action. The book provides:

  • 16 essays, including two visual essays, by leading international experts and academics from the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Europe; including Rosi Braidotti, Lorraine Code, Verena Andermatt Conley and Elizabeth Grosz 
  • A clear structure: divided into 5 parts addressing bio-political ecologies and architectures; uncertain, anxious and damaged ecologies; economics, land and consumption; biological and medical architectural ecologies; relational ecological practices and architectures
  • An exploration of the relations between human and political life
  • An examination of issues such as climate change, social and environmental well-being, land and consumption, economically damaging global approaches to design, community ecologies and future architectural practice.

chapter |17 pages


part 1|52 pages

Biopolitical ecologies and architectures

part 2|54 pages

Uncertain, anxious and damaged ecologies

chapter 4|18 pages

‘Manufactured uncertainty'

Epistemologies of mastery and the ecological imaginary 1

chapter 6|16 pages

Bonjour Tristesse

part 3|48 pages

Economics, land and consumption

chapter 7|12 pages

Beyond consumerism

Reflections on gender politics, pleasure and sustainable consumption 1

chapter 8|17 pages

Economization of life

Calculative infrastructures of population and economy 1

part 4|57 pages

Biological and medical architectural ecologies

chapter 10|17 pages

Sexual difference as sexual selection

Irigarayan reflections on Darwin 1

chapter 11|17 pages

‘Between the womb and the world'

Building matrixial relations in the NICU

part 5|57 pages

Communal ecologies and architectures

chapter 13|16 pages

The social handprint

Decentring the politics of sustainability after an urban disaster 1

chapter 14|12 pages

Movement and stasis

Shifting subjectivities on the Mongolian border

chapter 16|13 pages

The ecological relation