The Missing Bodies in Architecture’s Talk of Embodied Energy

Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye

Failed Architecture

September 25, 2019


“Architects, planners and other shapers of the built environment are in a unique position to devise the standards and requirements to determine how our world continues to be built. As sustainability quickly rises to the top of standards considered by building designers, it must become a more complete metric. In truth, a sustainable method of material extraction is also, by consequence an ethical (and oftentimes, equitable) method. This involves the re-assertion of the humanity that is so often lost in “green” architecture. Calculating true embodied energy, then, becomes a matter of recording the equitable treatment of both the people involved and the resources/materials used. This also requires a reframing of what we talk about when we talk about materials.”