Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 10(4), pp. 1641 - 1653
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.100433
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Towards a Definition of the Term 'Nature-Equivalent Architecture'

Vladimir S. Goloshubin , Vera A. Pavlova *
Department of Landscape Architecture, Moscow Institute of Architecture (State Academy), Russia


This research aims to characterise and systematise ‘nature-oriented' movements in architecture and seeks to define the proposed term ‘nature-equivalent architecture'. The authors aimed to introduce readers to current global interdisciplinary relations between landscape architecture, environmental crisis and architecture in Russia, the discussion of which is closely aligned with global processes in these spheres. It is necessary to define and separate numerous related definitions of what is known as ‘green' architecture in Russia. For this purpose, the present research provides an overview of the Russian literature on this subject and analyses creative concepts related to nature-equivalent architecture. The research methodology is based on the study and comparison of the world experience and the experience of designing ‘nature-equivalent' architecture within the walls of the Moscow Architectural Institute. The results of this research are applied in design training in the Landscape Architecture department of the Moscow Architectural Institute. The proposed concept of nature-equivalent architecture, at a worldview level, sets an overarching goal for architects, landscape architects, urbanists, ecologists and other specialists: to create a truly ‘natural' city which is a geoequivalent to a natural landscape. Theoretical and historical prerequisites of this theory can be found when comparing numerous terms existing in Russia and evolutionary terms that define related concepts. Nature-equivalent architecture is defined as a theory that integrates numerous synonymous definitions. As its name signifies, it recreates the quality of nature in an architectural environment. A historical and theoretical basis for the development of what the authors call ‘the nature-equivalent' movement in architecture can thus be identified. The research proves that Russian architects perceive landscape architecture as a global creative method.

Green Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Biophilia, Creative Concepts, Naturetecture

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[1] Vladimir S. Goloshubin , Vera A. Pavlova , "Towards a Definition of the Term 'Nature-Equivalent Architecture'," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 1641 - 1653, 2022. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.100433.

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Vladimir S. Goloshubin , Vera A. Pavlova (2022). Towards a Definition of the Term 'Nature-Equivalent Architecture'. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 10(4), 1641 - 1653. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.100433.