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


ByPeg Rawes

part 1|52 pages

Biopolitical ecologies and architectures

chapter 1|19 pages

Posthuman relational subjectivity and the politics of affirmation

ByRosi Braidotti

chapter 2|16 pages

Architectural ecologies of care

ByPeg Rawes

chapter 3|15 pages

Diagramming control

ByNathan Moore

part 2|54 pages

Uncertain, anxious and damaged ecologies

chapter 4|18 pages

‘Manufactured uncertainty'

Epistemologies of mastery and the ecological imaginary 1
ByLorraine Code

chapter 5|17 pages

Fear, the sublime and sheltered difference

ByRachel Jones

chapter 6|16 pages

Bonjour Tristesse

ByDavid Cross

part 3|48 pages

Economics, land and consumption

chapter 7|12 pages

Beyond consumerism

Reflections on gender politics, pleasure and sustainable consumption 1
ByKate Soper

chapter 8|17 pages

Economization of life

Calculative infrastructures of population and economy 1
ByMichelle Murphy

part 4|57 pages

Biological and medical architectural ecologies

chapter 10|17 pages

Sexual difference as sexual selection

Irigarayan reflections on Darwin 1
ByElizabeth Grosz

chapter 11|17 pages

‘Between the womb and the world'

Building matrixial relations in the NICU
ByKatie Lloyd Thomas

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
ByBronwyn Hayward

chapter 14|12 pages

Movement and stasis

Shifting subjectivities on the Mongolian border
ByRebecca Empson

chapter 15|14 pages

Gardeners of commons, for the most part, women

ByDoina Petrescu

chapter 16|13 pages

The ecological relation

ByVerena Andermatt Conley