Environmentally intelligent building design and urban planning will be crucial to the
"Sustainable development" has become a buzzword in recent years,
but it stands for an urgent international problem. How can the industrialized nations curb
their over consumption of the earth's resources? And how can less-developed countries climb
out of poverty without also stripping the environment?
that architecture plays a critical role in international development. Modern construction
techniques have spread around the world and have proven to be particularly wasteful and
Architects and their
clients can Learn: which building materials to use; how to use natural light and
ventilation; how to select the "greenest" of modern methods-inexpensively; which
traditional building methods are environmentally harmonious; to teach their students
environmentally sensitive design.
A series of essays from the activists who are currently working in the field of
sustainability, changing the face of human settlements necessary tool for anyone who is
motivated to live more sustainably.
Ecological Design presents a vision of how the living world and the human world can be
rejoined by taking ecology as the basis for design -- adapting and integrating human design
with natural processes. The authors weave together case studies, personal anecdotes,
images and theory to provide a thorough treatment of the concept of ecological design.
Principles, Paradigms and Case Studies
by James Steele
The Ecological Basis for Architectural Design
by Ken Yeang
Environmentally friendly design techniques from the world of sustainable architecture! Now
you can design practical structures and interiors that also help conserve vital
environmental resources. Sustainable Architecture by James Steele presents a unique new
"Object-Building" approach to modern design globally, with respect for the
unique natural resource conditions of various regions.
You'll also get in-depth case
studies on the foremost models of environmentally sensitive architecture, plus the best
type of materials that support these projects. Plus, you'll find out the origin of
sustainable architecture, and why ecological interdependence makes it so urgently needed.
Whatever materials and resources you're planning to use, you owe it to yourself and your
clients to explore the new world of Sustainable Architecture.
This timely and incisive book offers the first truly comprehensive framework for designing
buildings that work with nature. Presenting a compelling case for ecological design, it
provides architects and designers with a full understanding of the impact that their built
works have on the natural environment, as well as what can be done to mitigate the damage
to a building site and its natural resources. Featuring illuminating case examples of some
of the world's most ecologically comprehensive building designs, readers will see how to
use such innovative methods as low-energy and bio climatic design, recycling and
materials, ecological land-use planning, natural resource management, and selecting
long-life, low-maintenance building materials in order to design low
environmental impact buildings.
Architecture and the Environment brings together forty-four recently completed buildings
from around the world which exemplify the best in environmentally sensitive architecture.
'Green' architecture is commonly viewed as separate from mainstream architecture, and
accorded the status of worthy, but dull design. David Lloyd Jones seeks to correct this
judgement, adopting 'bio climatic' in preference to 'Green" as the term to describe
buildings which are inspired by nature and have a clear strategy for minimizing
environmental depredation. He reveals how environmental and energy-conserving measures
should be intrinsic considerations in the design of any building.