California Academy of Sciences: Architecture in Harmony with Nature

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Chronicle Books, Oct 1, 2008 - Architecture - 144 pages
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Acclaimed architect Renzo Piano's vision for the new California Academy of Sciences is one of hope and grand ambition: to create a model for sustainable design at an unprecedented scale. This is the story of an architectural masterpiece detailing the intricacies of form and function: its 2.5-acre rooftop garden, the 60,000 photovoltaic cells designed to power the building, and its use of natural light and ventilation. This celebratory book serves as both resource and reminder of how humans can live and work in harmony with nature.
  

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Contents

PREFACE
6
FOREWORD
7
A BRIEF HISTORY of the Wests Oldest Scientific Institution
9
BUILDING A VISION
25
CH 1 Inventing the UnMuseum
27
CH 2 The Green Academy
51
EXPLORING EXPLAINING PROTECTING
89
CH 3 Explorable Landscapes
91
CH 4 Life in the Balance
121
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
144
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About the author (2008)

Author Susan Wels lives in San Francisco.

Dr. Greg Farrington is the executive director of the Academy.

Renzo Piano is a Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect.

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