Author(s): Ilaria Di Carlo
Sustainability is flaunted as the answer to innumerable problems posed by environmental and social degradation. However, as epitomised by its role in many modern urban and landscape projects, it often lacks a quality essential to any anthropic space: seduction. Sustainability has to develop its own unique style if it is to compete with the established charms of the unsustainable city. Talking about sustainability as an ethical necessity is a given, but aesthetics and emotions must also come into play. These elements are essential to making the city an attractive place. Paradoxically, in the capitalistic city, aesthetics have much to do with excess and exuberance, surplus production, conspicuous consumption and waste. The research presented in this book stimulates discourse about the importance of aesthetics to urban environments.
Ilaria Di Carlo is an architect, writer and researcher. After graduating with Honors at the Polytechnic of Milan in 2000, she obtained a Master's Degree in Landscape Urbanism at the Architectural Association in London. She has worked for different international offices and was Associate at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, London.