High-tech architecture had parallel to all positive and significant features it has was criticized, too. The most important critics of this style was prince Charles crown prince of England and environmental movements. This people had criticism to overuse of technology in this style and they know technology as its goal not human! They were believed that this case caused environmental damages and would make the future of Earth in danger.
High-tech architects accepted these criticisms due to their positivism insight and optimism and then they announced that the problem isn’t in technology but also it is in their type of use. They tried to make maximum use of clean energies in this new approach for regulating environmental conditions and called their selves Eco-tech. Indeed Eco-tech could be considered as an architectural answer to environmental crises and world’s green movements and for its main goals we can point to meet basic needs, improving living standards, better maintenance and management of ecosystems and a safer and happier future.
In the last works of this style architects, beside the beautiful pictures of their buildings, there is always a section of building that it displays how to use climatic factors with help of equipment like air chimneys, reflective mirrors, smart shells, greenhouses, glass stairs and thermal exchangers. The form of the building is designed due to the angle of the sun’s rays and speed an direction of the wind in different seasons.
Salary offices of Nottingham land and Bordeaux laws courts by Richard Rogers, Jean-Marie Tjibaou cultural center by Renzo Piano, Menara Mesiniaga tower in Kuala Lumpur by Ken Yeang, Eden Project by Nicholas Grimshaw and a a lot of works of Norman Foster including central office of Commerzbank in Frankfurt, central office of Swiss Reinsurance Company’s building, Reichstag dome of German Confederation in Berlin could be mentioned as the most important works of Eco-tech style.
Start: England, following criticisms to the High-tech style;
Characteristics: using climatic factors with help of equipment like air chimneys, reflective mirrors, smart shells, greenhouses, glass stairs and thermal exchangers;
The most important symbols: Reichstag dome, central office of Swiss reinsurance comypany’s building;
The most important people: Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Ken Yeang and Nicholas Grimshaw.