Big and Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century

Front Cover
Princeton Architectural Press, 2002 - Architecture - 192 pages
More than a century after its inception, the skyscraper has finally come of age. Though it has long been lampooned as a venal and inhospitable guzzler of resources, a revolutionary new school of skyscraper design has refashioned the idiom with buildings that are sensitive to their environments, benevolent to their occupants, and economically viable to build and maintain. Designed by some of the best-known architects in the world, these towers are as daring aesthetically as they are innovative environmentally.

Big and Green is the first book to examine the sustainable skyscraper, its history, the technologies that make it possible, and its role in the future of urban development.

The book examines more than 40 of the most important recent sustainable skyscrapers-including Fox & Fowle's Reuters Buildings in New York, Norman Foster's Commerzbank in Frankfurt, and MVRDV's spectacular Dutch Pavilion from Expo 2000 in Hanover-with project descriptions, photographs, and detailed drawings. Interviews with such leaders in the field as Sir Richard Rogers, William McDonough, and Kenneth Yeang are also included.


What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

Hi rise eco-friendly buildings. Lots of examples, but not much interesting about each one. Schematics are so small and photos don't really illustrate the pertinent features. This would be a good starting point for research, but affords little in the way of useful materials. Read full review

Big and Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

The National Building Museum in Washington, DC, mounts a major exhibition promoting the idea that "green" doesn't preclude "growth." Running from January to June 2003, it showcases the ecologically ... Read full review


Limits of Sustainable

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

David Gissen is associate curator at the National Building Museum. He has taught at the American University, Yale University, and the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bibliographic information