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Environmentally intelligent building design and urban planning will be crucial to the world's future.

"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?
Sustainable Architecture maintains 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 destructive.
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.

Eco-Villages & Sustainable Communities: Models for 21st Century Living Eco-Villages & Sustainable Communities:
Models for 21st Century Living

by Jillian Conrad, Drew Withington
Paperback (1997)

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 Ecological Design
by Sim Van Der Ryn, Stuart Cowan
Paperback (1995)

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.

Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms, and Case Studies Sustainable Architecture:
Principles, Paradigms and Case Studies

by James Steele
Hardcover (1997)
Designing With Nature: The Ecological Basis for Architectural Design Designing With Nature:
The Ecological Basis for Architectural Design

by Ken Yeang
Hardcover (1995)

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 disposal of 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:
Bioclimatic Building Design

by David Lloyd Jones
Hardcover (1998)

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.

From Eco-Cities to Living Machines:
Principles of Ecological Design

by Nancy Jack Todd, John Todd, Jeffrey Parkin
Paperback (1994)