Order of Buildings and Cities

A Paradigm of Open Systems Evolution for Sustainable Design

by Yan Gu (Author)
©2011 Thesis XII, 221 Pages


The assumption of an environmental crisis, global warming and climate change, has put into question the viability of modern development patterns in industrialised societies. This pattern is characterised by excessive exploitation of energy and resources without concern for negative impact upon the natural ecosystem. One of the primary challenges to sustainable development is identified as the dilemma between long term economic development and environmental damage. Influenced by this pattern, modern design of buildings and cites contributes to environmental degradation.
To explore an alternative paradigm for sustainable design, this book investigates a model of open systems evolution based on scientific foundations of the Second Law of Thermodynamics and complex systems science. It states the creativity of the universe appears as the emergence of order via the mechanisms of open systems evolution, a manifesto of the Post-Modernism world-view. Furthermore, the book argues this novel paradigm of open systems evolution implies a conceptual framework for sustainable design, an intelligent model of buildings and cities, adapting to the natural ecosystem and ensuring positive impact upon it, and a contextual design strategy for ecologically symbiosis with nature, an order of buildings and cities.


XII, 221
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (November)
Philosophy of Nature Methodology, Theory, Hermeneutics Aesthetics, Theory of Art, Poetics Philosophy of Science Philosophy of Education, School and Philosophy
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XII, 221 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Yan Gu (Author)

Yan Gu is qualified with an architectural degree in China and a Masters in Urban Design from the University College London (Bartlett School of Architecture) in UK. In 2010, she obtained her PhD on cross-disciplinary research in sustainable design and information communication technology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research interest is design science, including sustainable design via complexity science, complexity science applied in architectural design and the modernization of China. She currently teaches sustainable architecture design at the University of Melbourne.


Title: Order of Buildings and Cities