The Architecture of Degrowth

Connolly Wilkins
Australia · 2022

The Architecture of Degrowth is a developing and under-discussed method to design and urban planning. We live in a society that revolves around over-consumption and capitalism ‘homes have become vehicles of capital speculation, galleries have become billboards for attracting investment, streets have become the infrastructure of consumption, universities export enlightenment for profit.’ As we continue to overproduce and overconsume, we contribute further to the climate crisis. Architecture plays a part in creating both responsible and resilient affordable housing as the number of environmental migrants increases and “Climate Apartheid’ begins.’ The Oslo Triennale in 2019 titled Enough explored the theme “Degrowth’ and asked the question: “how should architecture respond to a time of climate emergency and social division? Sustainable architecture often utilises technological solutions to address the climate crisis, but what we face in addition is ‘an inclusive ethical problem, a problem of capacity, of resources and of mere honesty and morality towards the commons’.‘ Through the exploration and analysis of key Degrowth principles, a housing scheme will be proposed on the site of the abandoned White Bay Power Station in Roselle.

This thesis aims to explore a possible socio-ecological approach to the climate crisis through the elements of Degrowth design parameters.


Connolly Wilkins

University of Sydney

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