The complex history of sustainability timeline


Did you know that the term Sustainability first appeared in a German forestry manual in the 1700s?
Did you know that some people feel paranoid about an alleged conspiracy plan of world domination behind global warming?
What did French philosophers in the Seventies think about ecology?

Discover all the different attitudes of humans towards Nature throughout history. Learn more on the architect’s approach to environmental design and get inspiration from a wide utopian fiction bibliography!  Impress your friends with a full set of fresh notions!

The Complex History of Sustainability is a timeline of trends, authors, projects and fiction made by Amir Djalali, with Piet Vollaard. originally published in Volume #18 –  After Zero, the timeline has been converted to an interactive website using mashing-up Google maps, using it as a way to navigate this extensive timeline. The technology to do this, Google Maps Image Cutter, has been developed by CASA Go to: The Complex History of Sustainability


  1. This is superb! A revealing visual representation of sustainability, demonstrating the complexity of a term that is in danger of losing all real meaning as it’s carelessly bandied about as a fashionable buzzword.

  2. assifv

    Excellent graph! I’ve written about it on my Dutch weblog:

    I hope you’ll get all the publicity you deserve!

  3. This map is great! One question: Wich application they use to transform some parts of the timeline image (names) into buttons with info?

    I want to develop a cognitive map of architecture and cultural theory.

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