My project of Rethinking the History of Ecological Architecture is a long-term quest of mine, in which I aim to revisit more or less the entire historiography of ecologically sustainable architecture. Ironically, I never meant to embark on such a mission. Rather, it just appeared to me, quite like an epiphany, and gradually sucked me into its depths.

Earth shelter rendering by Malcolm Wells, 1970
The first earth shelter rendering by Malcolm Wells, 1970. (Courtesy of Sam Wells.)

It all sort of began when I had finished my tv mini-series The Green City (YLE & ARTE, 2010) on the future of architecture and planning. I thought that there was so much left unsaid that I ought to also write a book about the issue. To my wife I promised that it will be a simple book. “I know what I am doing. It will only take a year or one and a half at the most”, I assured her. That was in fall 2011. Now, as I write this, it is fall 2017 and an end to the project is nowhere in sight.

Instead, I got stuck in the history of ecological architecture and, in 2015, my project turned into a PhD research which focuses on the American inventor-architect Buckminster Fuller. Hopefully I will have my dissertation published in 2019 after which I hope to broaden my scope of research. As I mentioned, this truly is a long-term quest. I am eager to see where it takes me. You can follow my journey by reading my Posts in English.