Your Natural Home: A Complete Sourcebook and Design Manual for Creating a Healthy, Beautiful, Environmentally Sensitive House

Cover, Your Natural Home: A Complete Sourcebook and Design Manual for Creating a Healthy, Beautiful, Environmentally Sensitive HouseAuthor(s): Janet Marinelli, Paul Bierman-Lytle

Publisher: Little Brown & Company

ISBN: 0316093025 (hardcover), 0316093033 (paperback)

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Synopsis:
Drawing upon the expertise of one of the world’s premier designers of ecologically sensitive houses, this unique guide provides both inspiration and practical advice for creating a natural, more energy-efficient home. The heart of the book is a compendium of 2,000 building, remodeling and decorating products. Detailed illustrations & informative sidebars.

Independent Builder : Designing & Building a House Your Own Way

Cover, Independent Builder : Designing & Building a House Your Own Way Author(s): Sam Clark

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 0930031857

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How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 02/01/97:
Subtitled Designing and Building a House Your Own Way, this is the book for anyone thinking about building their own home. It is comprehensive, detailed and covers subjects I have never before seen covered in home building books, like how to make a small house seem bigger, incorporating ergonomics and accessibility, doing your own drawings and scale models, making contracts that work, and working effectively with professional designers and builders. With detailed diagrams and photographs, this is the most thorough overall guide to building your own home I have ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot!).

Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier

Cover, Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier Author(s): Chris Zelov, Phil Cousineau and Brian Dantz

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

ISBN: 096503061X

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Paperback Publication date: April 1997

300 pages, 225 photos

Buckminster Fuller was a design outlaw. He shattered preconceived notions of how buildings and machines should be put together. The result was the geodesic dome, the 60 mile-per-gallon Dymaxion Car, the self-sufficient Dymaxion House and host of other inventions that influenced a new wave of designers. In making their award-winning film, Ecological Design, Chris Zelov and Phil Cousineau interviewed 26 present-day design outlaws. To expand on the film, they published this book. Both the film and the book are brimming with the ideas and prototypes of the trailblazers who have defined ecological design over the past thirty years.

Here’s a partial list of the outlaws: Brendan O’Reagan, Ian McHarg, Douglas Adams, John Todd, Jay Baldwin, Stewart Brand, Mary Catherine Bateson, Paul McCready, William McDonough, Amory and Hunter Lovins, Hazel Henderson, Pliny Fisk, Paolo Soleri, Christopher Alexander, John Connell and many more. These forward-thinking designers have defied convention with new ideas on shelter, energy, transportation and industry. In addition to being thought-provoking, these colorful characters are very entertaining.

Table of Contents

Chapter One:
Into the Fuller Universe
Thomas Hughes: The Frontier Spirit of Invention
Harold Cohen: Design as a Way of Making the World Work
Brendan O’Reagan: Outlaw Creativity
Douglas Adams: The Mad Ones; The Original Ones
John Todd: The Innovator’s Sense of Urgency
J. Baldwin: Encounters with the Mentor
Ian McHarg: Fuller’s Contribution
Paul MacCready: The Inventive Process

Chapter Two:
From a Machine for Living to Living Machines
Ian McHarg: Why is Architecture Oblivious to the Environment
James Wines: Towards a New Architecture
Edmund Bacon: Nature as Design Paradigm Stewart Brand: Sitting at the Counterculture
J. Baldwin: Into the Design Revolution
Tony Gwilliam: Organic Building
Mary Catherine Bateson: Understadning Natural Systems
William McDonough: Not a Machine for Living in – A Living Machine!

Chapter Three:
The Intelligent Use of Energy
Amory Lovins: The Road Least Taken
Hunter Lovins: The Rocky Mountain Institute
Peter Calthorpe: Whole-Systems Design
Hazel Henderson: Redefining Wealth
J. Baldwin: On Tools
Harold Cohen: Money is Money
William McDonough: Designing for Interdependance

Chapter Four:
The Galactic Explorer Perspective
Paul MacCready: The Galactic Explorer Comes to Visit
Brendan O’Reagan: Thinking in Interplanetary Terms
Pliny Fisk: Systems in Continuous Evolution
John Allen: The Cosmic Drama
Harold Cohen: Making the World Work for All Humanity
Duane Elgin: The Univeral Liturgy
John Todd: The New Alchemists
William McDonough: Reviving the Ancient Art of Design
James Wines: Developing a New Iconography

Chapter Five:
The Emergence of an Ecological Design Science
Ian McHarg: On the Origins of Ecological Design
Brendan O’Reagan: Heading for an Aesthetic of the Invisible
William McDonough: The Multiplier Effect in Design
Carol Franklin & Lesley Sauer: Synergistic Solutions
Tony Gwilliam: Comprehensive Anticipatory Design
Christopher Alexander: Design for Living Structures
Gail Vittori & Pliny Fisk: Obstacles to Sustainable Design
Mary Catherine Bateson: Making the Earth Our Home

Chapter Six:
The New Collective Dream
Paolo Soleri: Tranforming the Urban Condition
Tony Gwilliam: Integrated Architecture
Amory Lovins: Retrofitting Our Cities
Leslie Sauer & Carol Franklin: The Greening of the City
Christopher Alexander: The Living Structure Approach to Design
Mike Corbett: Why Can’t We Build Better Communities?
Virginia Thigpen: Community – Conceived Designs
Jaime Lerner: The Collective Dream

Chapter Seven:
Writing the New Codes
Peter Calthorpe: The History of the Codes
Douglas Adams: The Infinite Virtual Address
Duane Elgin: Mutually Assured Development
Paul MacCready: Education as an Odyssey of the Mind
James Wines: Design Education
Ian McHarg: Teaching the Ecological World View
Mike Corbett: Reinventing Design Education
Hazel Henderson: The Importance of Self-Education
William McDonough: a Shift from Style to Substance
Tom Casey: The Transformation of Business
J. Baldwin: Future Housing
Mary Catherine Bateson: A Future that Looks Like Home

Afterword: Toward a Design Curriculum for the 21st Century

Biography: R. Buckminster Fuller J. Baldwin: Teaching Comprehensive Design Science David Sellers: Antiques of the Future John Connel: Towards A Design Curriculum Anthony Walmsley: Ecological Design: Myth or Method

Towards Sustainable Architecture: European Directives and Building Design (Butterworth Architecture Legal Series)

Cover, Towards Sustainable Architecture: European Directives and Building Design (Butterworth Architecture Legal Series)Author(s): Brian Edwards

Publisher: Butterworth Architecture

ISBN: 0750624922

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Card catalog description:
Brian Edwards explains the new responsibilities and opportunities for architects emanating from environment laws and directives. The practice of architecture is increasingly constrained by new legislation aimed at protecting the enviromnent and the consumer, mainly the result of directives from the European Commission. The broadening of environmental controls means that questions of environmental assessment, impact on ecosystems or heritage sites, energy use, safety requirements and environmental audits have become part of the daily life of architecture. The effect of the legislation is to create a new architectural order where low ecological impact and minimum energy use generate the form and style of building. In this essential reference book, Brian Edwards and a team of expert contributors set out the important principles which may help in the practice of architecture. As fresh controls are enacted, new skills and knowledge are needed which this book outlines through principles and case studies.

Booknews, Inc. , 06/01/96:
Samples some of the ideas and actual buildings that have emerged from European architects’ response to legislation and public demand for low ecological impact and minimum energy use. Considers the European Commission regulations, construction materials, energy and pollution, visual and cultural impacts, environmental health and safety, recycling, biodiversity, and other aspects. Illustrated in black and white. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Midwest Book Review:
In Towards Sustainable Architecture, Brian Edwards explains the new responsibilities and opportunities for architects emanating from environmental laws, especially those which derive from Euro-directives. The practice of architecture is increasingly constrained by new legislation aimed at protecting the environment and the consumer, mainly the result of directives from the European Commission. The broadening of environmental controls, entailing desirable ‘green’ principles, means that questions of environmental assessment, impact on ecosystems or heritage sites, energy use, safety requirements and environmental audits have become part of the daily life or architecture. Towards Sustainable Architecture is an essential reference book wherein Edwards and a team of expert contributors set out the important principles which may assist in the practice of architecture.

Table of Contents
Introduction
1. The environmental context
2. The implications of the Maastricht Treaty on design
3. Maastricht and the architect
4. A layman’s guide to EC law
5. The Construction Products Directive
6. The Architects’ Directive: mutual recognition of qualifications
7. The construction industry and global warming
8. CFCs, HCFCs and other ozone depleting gases
9. Reducing air pollution by better design and urban development
10. An overview of energy and building design
11. Technical factors in the design of sustainable commercial buildings By Lori McElroy
12. Renewable energy
13. The potential of wind power By Lawrie O’Connor
14. Environmental impact assessment
15. Predicting visual impacts by computer aided visual impact analysis By Thomas W. Maver, Jelena Petric
16. Environmental audits
17. Protecting Europe’s cultural heritage
18. A-Z of environmental impacts of commonly used building products, processes and services and related design issues
19. Environmental health and pollution problems with buildings
20. Environmental health and building occupation
21. Environmental health and safely on building sites
22. An overview of environmental safety and the architect By Paul Yaneske
23. Waste management and recycling
24. Contaminated land use
25. The EC eco-labelling scheme
26. Biodiversity
27. Ecology energy and building: the importance of landscape
28. Sustainable development: EC and UK policy and international agreements
29. Case studies of sustainable urban development
30. New laws, new responsibilities
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Dimensions (in inches): 10.78 x 8.58 x .63

Affordable Passive Solar Homes

Cover, Affordable Passive Solar HomesAuthor(s): Richard Crowther

Publisher: American Solar Energy Society

ISBN: 0916653005

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Affordable Passive Solar Homes
Richard Crowther
Publication date: June 1984
Low-cost, compact designs.

Site, Space, and Structure

Author(s): Kim W. Todd

Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company

ISBN: 0894644807

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Site, Space, and Structure by Kim W. Todd
Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc., 1985.

This book is not written from a consciously sustainable perspective, but since it is a good, comprehensive treatise on site analysis and design, it covers most sustainable factors. It includes an excellent list of issues to consider, arranged in four categories: Man-made or manufactured Factors, Natural Factors, Social/Psychological/Cultural Factors, and Quality and Aesthetic Factors.

Protecting Ecosystems and Communities: A Resource Book

Protecting Ecosystems and Communities: A Resource BookAuthor(s): US EPA

Publisher: EPA Office of Sustainable Ecosystems and Communities

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Over the last twenty-five years, federal and state anti-pollution laws have achieved many notable environmental successes. Local communities often play a prominent role in addressing many of the most pressing environmental concerns. Central to these concerns is the need for clean and vital ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems support human health, plants, and animals. They also provide recreational opportunities and support local economies dependent upon fish, game, forests, and other resources. Full protection of our nation’s ecosystems requires communities and individuals to conserve
or restore habitats and solve other environmental problems not specifically
addressed by traditional regulatory approaches.

Over many years, a number of communities in the country have initiated their own successful community-based environmental efforts. Indeed, the first anti-pollution laws around the turn of the century were local ones. This publication draws on the experiences of many different communities to provide examples of community-based environmental programs and key approaches, information, and other tools that communities are using

 

People, Land, and Community

People, Land, and CommunityAuthor(s): Hildegarde Hannum (Editor), Nancy Jack Todd (Introduction), E. F. Schumacher

Publisher: Yale Univ Press

ISBN: 0300071736 (paperback). 0300069669 (hardcover)

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People, Land, and Community: Collected E. F. Schumacher Society Lectures Hardcover 352 pages June 1997

From Kirkus Reviews , February 1, 1997

An outstanding collection of talks devoted to the late economist E.F. Schumacher’s “small is beautiful” ethic. Founded in 1981 by the environmental writer David Ehrenfeld and others, the E.F. Schumacher Society has sponsored some 40 lectures by noted scholars and thinkers on problems of land use, agriculture, urban planning, and other eminently practical fields. The 21 lectures gathered here by Hannum, a board member of the society, address Schumacher’s call for small-scale economies and polities, a call that the Kentucky farmer-poet Wendell Berry, for one, has made his own; Berry’s talk, on the need for local production and local consumption, provides the title for the collection. Other high points are Robert Swann and Susan Witt’s ingenious discussion of local currencies, in which cities ike Ithaca, N.Y., issue scrip to buy local goods and services, drawing on a barter pool of talent and material; and the book’s afterword, by the young scholar Benjamin Strauss, on bringing notions of stewardship and land reform to Generation Xers, who seem prime candidates for the environmental crusade. As Strauss notes, this generation volunteers more time for social causes than any other age cohort of the last 30 years. Francis Moore Lappeâ discusses, with her customary commonsensical approach, problems of world hunger; David Ehrenfeld examines why university bureaucracies are hostile to small-scale research projects (they don’t generate enough overhead funds, Ehrenfeld writes, and thus fail to fuel what he calls a system that has no `negative feedback’); and Stephanie Mills looks at the problems of restoring damaged lands to something like their original state. Many of these lectures went on to spawn books, among them Cities and the Wealth of Nations by Jane Jacobs and The Conquest of Paradise by Kirkpatrick Sale. For environmentalists, regional planners, and interested lay readers, this book contains abundant food for thought. — Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Card catalog description

Degradation of environment and community, along with its economic causes, has been the subject of much concern in recent years. In this book, some of the most respected authorities in the field discuss the historical, cultural, social, political, and economic implications of this degradation and suggest citizen initiatives that may halt it. Contributors explore topics that range from agricultural reform to bioregional economics. They all, however, focus on the importance of sustainability, community, healthy and locally based economies of scale, education, the dignity of good work, and balance between human needs and the well-being of the natural world. The book is based on the annual lecture series sponsored by the E. F. Schumacher Society, a series honoring the ideas that Schumacher first put forward in his classic book Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.

Eco-City Dimensions: Healthy Communities Healthy Planet

Cover, Eco-City Dimensions : Healthy Communities Healthy Planet Author(s): Mark Roseland (Editor)

Publisher: New Society Pub

ISBN: 0865713537

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Eco-City Dimensions : Healthy Communities Healthy Planet

Hardcover January 1997

Eco-City Dimensions demonstrates that movement is definitely under way toward implementing the vision of eco-cities, and that citizen organizations and municipal officials around the world are initiating creative solutions to harsh social and environmental challenges. Eco-City Dimensions honors the crucial role that cities play in planetary health, while presenting a variety of inspiring proposals for improving communities to meet the challenge of sustainability.

Many critical global environmental concerns are rooted at the local level, in the cities in which most of us live. It follows that local communities may well offer the brightest promise for solving a variety of these pressing world-scale problems. In Eco-City Dimensions, more than a dozen contributors tackle issues of ecological economics and community design, collaborative housing and traffic restraint programs, governance and resource management, cross-cultural dynamics and community participation, indicators of success and overcoming barriers to change. With examples from the United States, Canada, northern Europe, Australia and New Zealand, these thought-provoking and stimulating essays reveal a wealth of wisdom and talent being brought to bear on securing a sustainable future for us all.

Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities; A Guidebook to Growth Management Strategies

Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities; A Guidebook to Growth Management StrategiesAuthor(s): Michael A. Mantell, Stephen F. Harper, Luther Propst

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1559630310

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Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities; A Guidebook to Growth Management Strategie

Developed to assist users of Creating Successful Communities, the Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities includes a detailed outline of the many tax benefits of private land conservation; examples of ordinances covering all land types, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and easements; and a glossary of growth management tools.

Paperback, 210 pages
Publication date: January 1990

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Developed for civic activists, policymakers, and planners, this useful volume gives practical guidelines for developing workable action plans for restoring distinctiveness and livability to communities, and provides strategies for effective participation in growth-management decisionmaking. It includes profiles of communities that are already putting growth-management strategies to work. Produced by The Conservation Foundation. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. SEE ALSO: Creating Sucessful Communities.