Sustainable Architectures: Cultures and Natures in Europe and North America

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Simon Guy, Steven A. Moore
Taylor & Francis, 2005 - Architecture - 269 pages
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As buildings are responsible for fifty per cent of CO2 emissions, their design has become the focus of intense technical scrutiny. Knowing how to build more technically efficient, or ecologically responsible, buildings, and being able to assemble the social resources to do so, requires different forms of knowledge and practice. There is wide contestation over the optimal pathways to greener buildings design and great diversity in practices of sustainable architecture.

This volume brings together leading researchers from across the European Union and North America both to illustrate the diversity of practice and to provide a critical commentary on this key debate. The reader is provided with an introduction to competing perspectives on the sustainable architecture debate, international exemplars of differing practice and an overview of new theoretical and methodological resources for understanding and meeting the conceptual, social and technical challenges of sustainable architecture.


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Introduction The paradoxes of sustainable architecture
Modelling design
Hybrid environments The spaces of sustainable design
Theory practice and proof Learning from buildings that teach
The social construction of green building codes Competing models by industry government and NGOs
Responding design
The politics of design in cities Preconceptions frameworks and trajectories of sustainable building
Equal couples in equal houses Cultural perspectives on Swedish solar and biopellet heating design
Policing sustainability Strategies towards a sustainable architecture in Norway
Alternative design
Green buildings in Denmark From radical ecology to consumeroriented market approaches?
Leaky walls Challenges to sustainable practices in postdisaster communities
Social research on energyefficient building technologies Towards a sociotechnical integration
Reflection and engagement Towards pluralist practices of sustainable architecture

Competing design
Safe houses and green architecture Reflections on the lessons of the chemically sensitive
Revaluing wood

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About the author (2005)

Simon Guy is a Professor and Director of Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC) at The University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Steven Moore earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University. He is a noted William Gaddis scholar and wrote "William Gaddis", the first comprehensive critical guide to his work, and "A Reader's Guide to William Gaddis's The Recognitions". Moore has edited a number of books, including "Beerspit Night and Cursing: The Correspondence of Charles Bukowski & Sheri Martinelli 1960-1967" and "In Recognition of William Gaddis". He has also contributed essays, articles, and reviews to a number of newspapers, journals, and magazines.

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