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

The Ecology of Architecture: A Complete Guide to Creating the Environmentally Conscious Building

The Ecology of Architecture: A Complete Guide to Creating the Environmentally Conscious Building

The Ecology of Architecture: A Complete Guide to Creating the Environmentally Conscious Building

Author(s): Laura C. Zeiher

Publisher: Whitney Library of Design

ISBN: 0823015963

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The Ecology of Architecture: A Complete Guide to Creating the Environmentally Conscious Building

Hardcover
For architects and designers, this text considers how to design and build ecologically sound structures today that will perform well tomorrow. Residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings are included in the case studies.

Table of Contents
Introduction: The Elements of Ecology and Architecture
Ch. 1. A History of Ecology in Architecture
Ch. 2. Defining Environmentally Conscious Architecture: Pioneering American Practitioners
Ch. 3. Renewable Resource Technologies
Ch. 4. The Process: Creating Ecologically Conscious Architecture
Ch. 5. Case Studies: Buildings in North America
Ch. 6. Environmental Legislation: Opportunities and Responsibilities
A Call to Action
Appendix
Notes
Index

Designing With Nature : The Ecological Basis for Architectural Design

Cover, Designing With Nature : The Ecological Basis for  Architectural Design Author(s): Ken Yeang

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 0070723176

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Designing With Nature: The Ecological Basis for Architectural Design

Hardcover, 243 pages
Publication date: May 1995

A timely, incisive book providing a comprehensive framework for designing buildings that work with nature. Offering a compelling case for ecological design, it provides architects and designers with a full understanding of the impact that their work has on the natural environment, as well as what can be done to mitigate the damage man-made structures inflict on the natural environment.

Table of Contents
Preface
1. Ecology and Design
2. Architecture and Its Ecological Impact
3. Framework for Ecological Design
4. External Ecological Interdependencies of the Built Environment
5. Internal Ecological Interdependencies of the Built Environment
6. External-to-Internal Ecological Interdependencies of the Built Environment
7. Internal-to-External Ecological Interdependencies of the Built Environment
8. Ecological Design
References
Index

Deep Design : Pathways to a Livable Future

Deep Design : Pathways to a Livable Future

Deep Design : Pathways to a Livable FutureAuthor(s): David Wann, Center for Resource Management, Paul Hawken (Introduction)

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1559634200

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In “Deep Design,” David Wann explores a new way of thinking about design, one that asks “What is our ultimate goal?” before the first step has even been taken. Designs that begin with such a question — whether in products, buildings, technologies, or communities — are sensitive to living systems, and can potentially accomplish their mission without the seemingly unavoidable side effects of pollution, erosion, congestion, and stress. Such “deep designs” meet the key criteria of renewability, recyclability, and nontoxicity. Often based on natural systems, they are easy to understand and implement, and provide more elegant approaches to getting the services and functions we need. Wann presents information gleaned from interviews with more than fifty innovative designers in a wide variety of fields, and describes numerous case studies that explain the concept and practice of deep design.

Hardcover, 230 pages
Publication date: January 1996

Table of Contents
Foreword By Paul Hawken
Preface
Ch. 1. Deep Design: From the Visionary to the Pragmatic
Ch. 2. The Social-Environmental Connection: What Do We Want, and How Can Design Deliver It?
Ch. 3. Design at the Molecular Level: Pathways to Chemicals That Fit
Ch. 4. In Search of the Soft Path: Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Ch. 5. Re-envisioning Agriculture: Pathways to Regenerative Systems
Ch. 6. A Near-Perfect World, If You’re a Wheel: Designing Communities That Work
Ch. 7. Design Criteria That Work: How Should We Think about Design?
Ch. 8. Design for Environment: Making It Better
Ch. 9. The Evolution of Design Species: Toward a Best-Case Scenario of Diversity, Conservation, and Caretaking
Notes
Index

Structures: Why things don't fall down

Structures: Or, Why Things Don’t Fall Down

Structures: Why things don't fall downAuthor(s): J. E. Gordon

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0306801515

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For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don’t collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back—or give way under—thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper, a nightgown, or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold together the ordinary and essential things of this world—from buildings and bodies to flying aircraft and eggshells. In a style that combines wit, a masterful command of his subject, and an encyclopedic range of reference, J. E. Gordon strips engineering of its technical mathematics and communicates the theory behind the structures of a wide variety of materials.Chapters on ”How to Design a Worm” and ”The Advantage of Being a Beam” offer humorous insights into human and natural creation. For architects and engineers there are cogent explanations of the concepts of stress, shear, torsion, fracture, and compression, and chapters on safety design and the relationship of efficiency to aesthetics. If you are building a house, a sailboat, or a catapult, here is a handy tool for understanding the mechanics of joinery, floors, ceilings, hulls, masts—or flying buttresses. Without jargon or over-simplification, Structures surveys the nature of materials and gives sophisticated answers to the most naive questions, opening up the marvels of technology to anyone interested in the foundations of our everyday lives.

Paperback, 395 pages
Publication date: May 1988

Notes on the Synthesis of Form

Notes on the Synthesis of Form

Notes on the Synthesis of FormAuthor(s): Christopher W. Alexander

Publisher: Harvard Univ Press

ISBN: 0674627512

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“These notes are about the process of design: the process of inventing things which display new physical order, organization, form, in response to function.” This book, opening with these words, presents an entirely new theory of the process of design.

In the first part of the book, Mr. Alexander discusses the process by which a form is adapted to the context of human needs and demands that has called it into being. He shows that such an adaptive process will be successful only if it proceeds piecemeal instead of all at once. It is for this reason that forms from traditional unselfconscious cultures, molded not by designers but by the slow pattern of changes within tradition, are so beautifully organized and adapted. When the designer, in our own self-conscious culture, is called on to create a form that is adapted to its context he is unsuccessful, because the preconceived categories out of which he builds his picture of the problem do not correspond to the inherent components of the problem, and therefore lead only to the arbitrariness, willfulness, and lack of understanding which plague the design of modern buildings and modern cities.

In the second part, Mr. Alexander presents a method by which the designer may bring his full creative imagination into play, and yet avoid the traps of irrelevant preconception.

Paperback Publication date: June 1970

Healthy by Design Revised: Building and Remodeling Solutions for Creating Healthy Homes

Healthy by Design Revised: Building and Remodeling Solutions for Creating Healthy Homes

Healthy by Design Revised: Building and Remodeling Solutions for Creating Healthy Homes

Author(s): David Rousseau, James Wasley

Paperback: 318 pages

Publisher: Hartley & Marks; 2 edition (July 1999)

ISBN: 0881791776

ISBN-13: 978-0881791778

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Is your house painted w/potentially irritating chemicals? are your heating and ventilation systems working for or against you? ‘Healthy by Design’ can show you how to make your home a toxin-free sanctuary…learn about the hidden risks posed by modern materials and construction techniques…how to test for pollutants …where to build…how to design the healthiest possible home that is also energy and resource efficient… Included are 79 healthy bldg solutions… comprehensive guide for the owner, designer and builder… 9 detailed case studies of new and remodeled homes…

Thermal Delight in Architecture

Thermal Delight in Architecture

Thermal Delight in ArchitectureAuthor(s): Lisa Heschong

Publisher: Mit Press

ISBN: 026258039X

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Our thermal environment is as rich in cultural associations as our visual, acoustic, olfactory, and tactile environments. This book explores the potential for using thermal qualities as an expressive element in building design.Until quite recently, building technology and design has favored high-energy-consuming mechanical methods of neutralizing the thermal environment. It has not responded to the various ways that people use, remember, and care about the thermal environment and how they associate their thermal sense with their other senses. The hearth fire, the sauna, the Roman and Japanese baths, and the Islamic garden are discussed as archetypes of thermal delight about which rituals have developed — reinforcing bonds of affection and ceremony forged in the thermal experience. Not only is thermal symbolism now obsolete but the modern emphasis on central heating systems and air conditioning and hermetically sealed buildings has actually damaged our thermal coping and sensing mechanisms. This book for the solar age could help change all that and open up for us a new dimension of architectural experience.

Paperback
Publication date: January 1980

From Eco-Cities to Living Machines : Principles of Ecological Design

From Eco-Cities to Living Machines : Principles of Ecological Design

From Eco-Cities to Living Machines : Principles of Ecological DesignAuthor(s): Nancy Jack Todd, John Todd

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1556431503

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From Eco-cities to Living Machines presents the ecologically-based working designs and prototypes of biologist John Todd and writer and environmental activist Nancy Todd. Since 1969 with the founding of New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod, the Todds have become known world-wide for their leadership in the restoration of pure water, bioremediation of wild aquatic environments, food production, and urban design. In this new book, the Todds further develop the idea of Eco-cities, designs for integrating agriculture and flowing pure water into green urban settings and introduce Living Machines, a family of technologies for purifying wastewaters to tertiary quality effluent without chemicals. Provocative and grounded firmly in the principles of biodiversity, the Todds’ work encompasses site-specific technological interventions and systems-wide ecological planners and designers, environmental economists, and systems-based engineers working to change the way we utilize production, technology, water and energy.

2nd Edition
Paperback, 185 pages
Publication date: April 1994

Table of Contents
Preface: The Years Between
Ch. 1. New Alchemy: Where It All Began
Ch. 2. From Bioshelters to Solar Villages to Future Human Settlements
Ch. 3. Emerging Precepts of Biological Design
Ch. 4. Redesigning Communities
Ch. 5. The Surrounding Landscape
Ch. 6. The Transforming Energy
Epilogue: Living Machines and the Years Ahead
Notes and References
Index