Earth to Spirit. In Search of Natural Architecture

Earth to Spirit: In Search of Natural Architecture

Earth to Spirit. In Search of Natural Architecture

Author(s): David Pearson

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 811807312

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Continuing in the tradition of Pearson’s best-selling The Natural House Book this New Age approach to eco-architecture touts a variety of “environmentally clean” and “spiritually healthy” buildings from around the world and through the centuries.

From the author of The Natural House Book comes a provocative volume for anyone interested in design, designing or building which integrates the lessons of the past with today’s technology to create structures where the land, the home, and the spirit coexist harmoniously. 146 color photos. 18 illustrations.

Reinventing Nature? : Responses to Postmodern Deconstruction

Reinventing Nature? : Responses to Postmodern Deconstruction

Reinventing Nature? : Responses to Postmodern Deconstruction

Author(s): Michale E. Soule, Gary Lease (Editor), Alan Gussow (Illustrator), Michael E. Soule

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1559633107

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176 pages

January 1995

How much of science is culturally constructed? How much depends on language and metaphor? How do our ideas about nature connect with reality? Can nature be “reinvented” through theme parks and malls, or through restoration? Reinventing Nature? is an interdisciplinary investigation of how perceptions and conceptions of nature affect both the individual experience and society’s management of nature. Leading thinkers from a variety of fields – philosophy sociology, zoology, history, ethnobiology and others – address the conflict between the perception and reality of nature, each from a different perspective. The editors of the volume provide an insightful introductory chapter that places the book in the context of contemporary debates and a concluding chapter that brings together themes and draws conclusions from the dialogue.

Booknews, Inc. , June 1, 1995 A multidisciplinary response to some postmodern deconstruction which questions the concepts of nature and wilderness<-;- >sometimes, the authors contend, in order to justify further exploitative tinkering with what little remains of it. Topics include how concepts of nature differ in various academic disciplines and the implications of some claims that modern ideas of wilderness conservation are Western, often elitist, neo- colonial concepts. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

New Compact House Designs

New Compact House Designs

New Compact House Designs

Author(s): Don Metz, Ben Watson (Editor)

Publisher: Storey Books

ISBN: 0882666665

ISBN-13: 978-0882666662

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27 award-winning plans for homes of 1250 square feet or less.

These plans are the winners from the second Compact House Design Competition, a juried contest receiving designs of up to 1250 square feet and with at least two bed rooms from North American architects, designers, and architecture students. Each design provides a floor plan, four elevations, a perspective, one wall section, and a site plan (though many designs have yet to actually be built). The houses vary greatly in cost, and range from classic to postmodern in style. The inadequate text provided means that one must be an able “print” interpreter in order to ferret out many of the good ideas and space-saving arrangements. Recommended for libraries with plan book browsers. The designs for winners of the first contest were presented in Compact House Book (Storey Communications, 1988).
– W.T. Johnston, formerly with Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, Ga.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Houses of the future will be smaller, more energy-efficient, and better suited to their environments. And intelligent design solutions can help expand the scope and livability of a compact house, making it elegant as well as practical. In 1990, Storey Communications sponsored the Compact House Design Competition, a juried contest open to architects, designers, and architecture students. From the numerous entries that were received from all over North America, professional architects Don Metz and Peter Woerner selected the best and most innovative designs to include in “New Compact House Designs”. Although the top three designs received cash awards, all 27 of the designs in this book are winners–and each design illustrates a classic or contemporary approach to living gracefully in a small house. The basic guidelines were clear: design a single-family house with a minimum of two bedrooms whose gross floor area does not exceed 1,250 square feet. Aside from these stipulations, almost anything went, and the broad spectrum of designs included in this book reflects the geographical and stylistic diversity of the winning entries–from a classic New England farmhouse to a sophisticated postmodern design, from a New Mexican desert hacienda to a fanciful house with Elizabethan overtones. The perfect idea book for current and future homeowners, “New Compact House Designs” will also appeal to anyone interested in architectural design. Each entry included in the book features a site drawing, floor plans, elevation and section drawings, judges’ comments, and a complete description of the project. Addresses for architects and designers are also provided for readers interested in obtaining scale plans or more information on any particular house.


Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms, and Case Studies

Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms, and Case Studies

Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms, and Case Studies

Author(s): James Steele

Publisher: McGraw Hill Text

ISBN: 0070609497

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Sustainable Architecture: Principles, Paradigms, and Case Studies

320 pages
8th edition
June 1997
This groundbreaking book takes an eye-opening look at how and why 20th-century building technology has been so environmentally destructive. It then sets forth a workable strategy for redefining the post-industrial role of architecture and urbanism and shows, with exquisitely illustrated case examples, what can be done to solve these problems.

Environmentally intelligent building design and urban planning will be crucial to the world’s future. “Sustainable development” has become a buzzword in recent years, but it stands for an urgent international problem. How can the industrialized nations curb their overconsumption of the earth’s resources? And how can less-developed countries climb out of poverty without also stripping the environment? Sustainable Architecture maintains that architecture plays a critical role in international development. Modern construction techniques have spread around the world and have proven to be particularly wasteful and destructive. But this book clearly spells out answers to the dilemma. Architects and their clients can Learn: which building materials to use; how to use natural light and ventilation; how to select the “greenest” of modern methods-inexpensively; which traditional buidling methods are enviromentally harmonious; to teach their students enviromentally sensistive design. The book has a wealth of case histories of well-planned buildings and communities the world over. Also included are facts about the comparative merits of building materials, the energy it takes to produce them, and the impact of that production of the Third World. For educators, there is a blueprint for a course in sustainable architecture. Sustainable Architecture is an invaluable aid to architects, their students, their clients, and community planners. It clearly shows the way to environmentally responsible design and building practice.

Earthship: How to Build Your Own, Vol. 1

Earthship : How to Build Your Own

Earthship: How to Build Your Own, Vol. 1Author: Michael E. Reynolds

Publisher: Solar Survival Press

ISBN: 0962676705

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Earthship : How to Build Your Own Volume 1 Paperback Publication date: September 1990

Earthship : Evolution Beyond Economics

Earthship : Evolution Beyond Economics

Earthship : Evolution Beyond EconomicsAuthor(s): Mike Reynolds

Publisher: Solar Survival Press

ISBN: 0962676721

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Earthship : Evolution Beyond Economics Volume 3 Paperback Publication date: September 1993

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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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
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

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

The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream

Cover, The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream Author(s): Peter Calthorpe

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 1878271687

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Paperback, 175 pages
Publication date: June 1993

Art and Architecture Editor’s Recommended Book, 04/01/97:
One of the foremost practitioners of New Urbanism, Peter Calthorpe, an urban designer and architect based in Berkeley, California, offers one of the most coherent and persuasive arguments for moving the United States away from sprawl and toward more compact, mixed-use, economically diverse, and ecologically sound communities. This book presents 24 of Calthorpe’s regional urban plans, in which towns are organized so that residents can be less dependent upon their cars and can walk, bike, or take public transportation between work, school, home, and shopping. This book is not just for architects and urban planners, but for all concerned citizens interested in developing a cohesive, feasible vision of the sustainable city of the future.

Booknews, Inc. , 02/01/94:
Advocates a fundamental change in patterns of building to respond to the growth crisis in US metropolitan regions. Defines a new direction, and provides guidelines–not an architectural manifesto or utopian proposal, but the alternatives currently shaping debate regarding housing, traffic, and environmental and social problems. Describes numerous real projects from various regions. Abundantly illustrated. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

The publisher , 06/28/96:
California-based architect and planner Peter Calthorpe has moved beyond suburb bashing and published an intelligent, coherent vision of humane, walkable, ecologically sound cities that could shape American development into the 21st century. The Next American Metropolis is equal parts polemic, practical how-to guidelines, and personal portfolio.–Robert Gerloff, Utne Reader Passionate and practical, holistic and plain speaking, as good a summary of the many problematic and interwoven dimensions of sprawl as has recently appeared….The polemic flirts with, but stops short of, apocalyptic projection, reverting instead to common sense persuasiveness…. [Calthorpe has] led a courageous, lonely insurgency against the sheer banality of much contemporary suburban planning.–Alex Krieger, International Contract

Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders and Homeowners

Prescriptions for a Healthy House

Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders and HomeownersAuthor(s): Paula Baker, Erica Elliott, John Banta

Publisher: Inword Press

ISBN: 1566903556

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Published January 1998
246 pages

Reviewer comment Prescriptions for a Healthy House is distinguished in two respects. The material is laid out following the 16 point Master Format of construction specifications so that targeting specific topics of interest is easy. The second is that the authors’ approach the subject based on the precepts of baubiology.

‘[T]here is much interesting material here, including the many references to case studies from personal involvement illustrating a point they are making. Some refer to construction issues, others to examples of problems people encounter with pollutants in their environment’

The most valuable contribution [the authors] make is suggesting text that can be added to specifications to deal with the key issues related to each aspect of work. Product sources are also identified.–SOLPLAN REVIEW, March 1998.

The author, Paula Baker E-Mail: , 01/20/98:
Its not that complicated! The book is designed to make healthy home building easy. We walk homeowner, architect and builder step-by-step through the construction process. We explain why certain standard building practices are detrimental to your health, what to do instead and where to obtain products and expertise. We welcome your comments, experiences with using the book and knowledge so that we can best serve those who come to us for help.

Review comments Many good books have been written on healthy building, but until now there has not been a nitty-gritty reference manual that covers everything from theory to specification language in a way that can be applied to any construction type. Prescriptions for a Healthy House is introductory enough to be used by someone new to the field, yet detailed and practical enough to be a valuable referenced for the more experienced.

The best thing about this book is that it is laid out to be USED. The graphic design allows for easy perusal to find the charts, case studies, specification language, resources, details, or supporting text. In fact, I made use of Prescriptions the first day I got it: a client called with a question, and I went straight to the relevant page and read her a concise list of practical suggestions. I was relieved not to have to comb my mental or physical database!

The backgrounds of the authors–experienced architect, M.D., and healthy building consultant–combine to give the book a breadth and depth rarely found in one place. More than an admonition to go nontoxic or a list of materials, the book includes practical strategies and procedures, clearly gained from experience, to ensure that the finished home is a haven, not a nightmare. The case studies bring home the authors’ points. When you read that a cleanup product caused a nearly finished house to be uninhabitable, you know WHY you need to specify everything that is used on the site. In fact, it makes me want to specify that every contractor read this book! –Carol Venolia, publisher of Building with Nature newsletter and author of Healing Environments

I liked this book very much–it fills a real need. –Vincent A. Marinkovich, M.D., Immunologist, allergist, and pediatrician, Menlo Park, CA

I will definitely recommend this book to my patients. –William Shrader, M.D., Allergist, specialist in environmental medicine, Santa Fe, NM

Contents This book takes the mystery out of healthy house building by walking the owner/architect/builder team through the construction process. It explains where and why standard building practices are not healthful, what to do differently, and how to obtain alternative materials and expertise. Provides information on how to design interior and exterior space, and select construction materials that enhance and promote physical well-being.

Table of Contents

Warning and Disclaimer
About the Authors
Pt. I. Overview
Description of the Problem and Solutions
Pt. II. Specification
Division 1. General Requirements
Division 2. Site Work
Division 3. Concrete
Division 4. Masonry or Other Alternatives to Frame Construction
Division 5. Metals
Division 6. Wood and Plastics
Division 7. Thermal and Moisture Control
Division 8. Openings
Division 9. Finishes
Division 10. Specialties
Division 11. Equipment
Division 12. Furnishings
Division 13. Special Construction
Division 14. Conveying Systems
Division 15. Mechanical
Division 16. Electrical
Appendix A Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or Environmental Illness Author Testimonials on MCS
Appendix B: Page References to Brand Name Products and Services
Appendix C: Manufacturers, Service Providers, and Catalog Sources

The Authors
Paula Baker is an architect intimately familiar with the materials and methods of standard construction. As a baubiologist, she also knows where these practices are in conflict with human health and available alternatives. Erica Elliott is a physician trained in both family practice and environmental medicine. She has extensive clinical experience in the medical consequences of standard construction. John Banta has over a decade of experience in troubleshooting indoor environmental problems. His expertise covers many aspects of indoor air quality, including the detection and reduction of electromagnetic fields and the recognition and abatement of mold problems.