Premise: The acceptance of ecology, but in particular of profound ecology, is the premise for degrowth in our habits and in new architecture. If we consider ourselves ecologists (and it is hard not to for those with even just a little common sense), we must truly respect our environment, nature as a whole and our planet. Such respect will lead us to the path of degrowth.
Of course we know that in our daily lives we are obliged to consume (thus changing the environment in some way). But we should consume in the most discreet way possible, making sure that our actions are completely reversible and that they actually improve the environment. There are various ideas as regards to how the environment can be improved through our architecture; initiatives are not lacking. However, for the most part, these initiatives only worsen the situation.
As regards nature, we should try to create a relationship based on attention, respect, sharing and love. By studying and loving nature, we discover its beauty, a beauty that is born from the perfect and rational use of the energies and the characteristics of the place, its situation, its surroundings. We thus discover the beauty-energy equation.
This fact enables us to understand that our architecture, which by definition seeks out beauty, can only be born from the energy of the place. Energy in the broadest sense of the word. We will also come to realise that being at one with nature and with the beauty which we have found in its energy, are key elements to happiness.
Contribution to the 3rd International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Venice in 2012.