Visnyk LNAU: Architecture and Farm Building 2019 №20: 70-76


Stepaniuk А., PhD of Architecture
Kiuntsli R., PhD of Philology
Lviv National Agrarian University


The trend towards increasing the number of eco-settlements and demonstration of their importance often diverts attention from their true purpose.

After all, their main role is the preservation of natural environment and man as part of it. In addition to the important factors that make a settlement environmentally friendly (environmentally friendly building materials, the natural environment, the use of alternative energy sources, waste-free production), there is another factor - the preservation of man as a part of nature through his thinking, way of life, creative work.

It was proved that the highest level of harmony between man and nature was the creation of anthropogenic environment modeled after nature itself. Such environment was created by thinkers of the twentieth century Rudolf Steiner, Mirra Alfassa, Obert Araudi. These thinkers, despite their different beliefs and cultures, have created a solid foundation attracting other environmentalists. The core of their philosophy is a theoretical worldview, a teaching that seeks to substantiate the indispensability of man and nature, their interdependence, interchangeability.

A change in man’s moral landmarks often curtails his demiurgical capabilities and leads to change in priorities. The isolation of man from nature takes away from him a true understanding of the two dual principles of good and evil.

The return of humans to eco-settlements is an attempt to return to the world lost through the ontological gap. The architects of eco-buildings, through their philosophy, sought to deny the old dogma that philosophy can develop in only two ways: from things to ideas and from ideas to things.

They believed that both theories should be refined and validated.

Eco-architecture embodies ideas and philosophy of harmony with nature and itself. Unlike its previous counterparts ( the embodiment of the power and grandeur of the state in the empire, the embodiment of the unity of the earth and the sky in the Gothic, love for life and optimism in the Baroque, etc.) ecological architecture is a new phenomenon, one of the basic and fundamental aspects of human existence. Eco-architecture is not universal, it is not trying to become an alternative to modernity. It demonstrates a conceptual shift in our understanding of architecture.

Key words

Architecture, eco-settlements, harmony, worldview

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