On Architecture and Greenwashing

The Political Economy of Space Vol. 01


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2024.

ISBN: 9783775756747 Category:


As an industry that relies on extracted materials and an intense use of resources, isn’t construction unsustainable by design? The pressure is increasing for the sector to diligently address the harm caused by the built environment, begging the question of whether real sustainability in architecture and planning is possible. As institutionalized and commodified greenwashing hollows out the term, how do architects and designers position their work beyond the inadequacy of a flattening universalistic understanding of sustainability? What forms of practice allow for accountable and revolutionized construction modes? How can we critically engage with technology as an ambivalent tool in the service of green capitalism.

The first volume of a forthcoming series by RIOT-Research and Innovation On Territory, a laboratory within the Institute of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), On Architecture and Greenwashing presents a cross-section of positions on architecture and its political economies and explores ways to correct course in the face of a climate crisis of unprecedented magnitude – beyond greenwashing.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 10.7 x 17.8 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 25 July 2024
Number of pages 136
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Text by Meriem Chabani
Dimensions 10.7 x 17.8 cm
Weight 300 g


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RIOT-Research and Innovation On Territory-is a laboratory engaged in pedagogy and research within the Institute of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), lead by architect and urban designer CHARLOTTE MALTERRE-BARTHES. Believing that the construction sector and design disciplines must pivot and wholeheartedly engage in the current social and climatic urgencies by rewiring themselves to face and repair the harm, RIOT utilizes tactics and strategies to decarbonize, decolonize, and depatriarchalize space production-by design.