Design Ecologies: Sustainable Potentials in Architecture: Essays on the Nature of Design
Contemporary architects are under increasing pressure to offer a sustainable future. But with all the focus on green building, there has been little investigation into the meaningful connections between architectural design, ecological systems, and sustainability. A new generation of architects and engineers aims to recast the green movement for the twenty-first century and transform design into a positive agent by balancing the societal needs of humans with environmental considerations. Design in this sense is a larger concept having as much to do with politics and ethicsas with buildings and technology.
Design Ecologies is a groundbreaking collection of never-before-published essays and case studies by today's most innovative "green" designers. Their design strategiessocial, material, technological, and biologicalrun the gamut from the intuitive to the highly technological. One essay likens window-unit air conditioners in New York City to weeds in order to spearhead the development of potential design solutions. Latz +Partner's Landscape Park integrates vegetation and industry in an urban park built amongst the monumental ruins of a former steelworks in Duisburg Nord, Germany. The engineering firm Arup presents its thirty-three-square-mile masterplan for Dongtan Eco City, an energy-independent city that China hopes will house half a million people by 2050. An introduction by designer Bruce Mau leads off a stellar list of emerging designers, including Jane Amidon, Blaine Brownell, David Gissen, Gross.Max, Peter Hasdell, Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake, R&Sie(n), Studio 804, and Work Architecture Company.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Weeding the City of Unsustainable Cooling
An Indeterminate Architecture
Tabling Ecologies and Furnishing Performance
Public Farm 1 P F
Other editions - View all
architects Architectural Political Ecology artificial become Bettmann Big Nature Bruce Mau Design Bruno Latour Buckminster Fuller building challenges City comfort complex concept construction Contemporary Art Center cooling Courtesy create cultural design ecologies Dongtan Dutch Pavilion economic embodied energy emerging energy environment environmental example explore fabrication Farm 1 P.F.I fern bar Gallery Garden global green Gross.Max Haeckel heat human idea increasingly innovation Institute without Boundaries Juan Navarro Baldeweg Kansas Kepes KieranTimberlake landscape Latz living Massive Change material MVRDV Navarro Baldeweg organisms P.S.I Contemporary Art Park performance Peter Hasdell plants Pneuma Pneus Political Ecology potential Press production of nature progressivism Public Farm SmartWrap social solar solutions space Stephen Turk Stewart Brand strategies structure Studio sustainable thermal tion transformation tubes urban Vancouver Art Gallery ventilation Wave Table Project Whole Earth Catalog window-box air conditioners WORKac York