The Philosophy of Sustainable Design: The Future of Architecture

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Ecotone Publishing, 2004 - Architecture - 324 pages
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In the Philosophy of Sustainable Design, McLennan outlines the major ideas and issues that have emerged in the growing movement of green architecture and sustainable design over the last thirty years. This book is intended as a starting point for anyone involved in the building industry on a journey to learn how they can build more responsibly. The book is rooted in practical knowledge but rather than being a 'how to book' asks individuals to understand how the philosophy of sustainable design can affect their own work. Part Sustainable Design 101 and part manifesto this book lays the groundwork and philosophical basis for more technical study. McLennan relies on his extensive experience with sustainable design having consulted to dozens of projects and design teams all over the country. Tapping into the work of many pioneers and 'green design philosophers' McLennan clearly presents a framework for people to understand Sustainable Design and how ultimately it will become the future of architecture and design.
 

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I'm only a third of the way through this book, but so far it is absolutely great. There are lots of interesting facts about the background of the sustainability movement, all the way from the wisdom our ancestors to the harmful effects of the industrial age. I especially was fascinated by the parts about biomimicry and how nature can serve as models for efficient manmade designs.
As an aspiring landscape architect, I have found this book to be exactly what I was looking for, in terms of an easy read that covers a wide range of points that need to be considered when altering any natural landscape for human habitation. Definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this!
 

Contents

Chapter One The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
1
Chapter Two The Evolution of Sustainable Design
9
Chapter Three The Principles of Sustainable DesignRespect
35
Chapter Four The Principles of Sustainable DesignRespect
45
Chapter Five The Principles of Sustainable DesignRespect
51
Chapter Six The Principles of Sustainable DesignRespect
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Chapter Seven The Principles of Sustainable DesignRespect
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Insert A Brief Survey of Green Buildings
84
Chapter Eleven Productivity and WellBeing
151
Chapter Twelve Greening Your Organization
173
Chapter Thirteen Green Economics
195
Chapter Fourteen The Sustainable Design ProcessHolistic
209
Chapter Fifteen The Aesthetics of Sustainable Design
225
Chapter Sixteen The Future of Architecture
239
Appendix A The Green Warrior Reading List
249
Appendix B Whos Who in Green Design
257

Chapter Eight The Principles of Sustainable DesignRespect
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Chapter Nine The Technologies and Components of
97
Chapter Ten Shades of GreenThe Levels of Sustainability
137
The Phases of Green Design
275
Appendix E The Principles of Sustainable Design
281
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