Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection / Edition 1

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Overview

Sustainable design has made great strides in recent years; unfortunately, it still falls short of fully integrating nature into our built environment. Through a groundbreaking new paradigm of "restorative environmental design," award-winning author Stephen R. Kellert proposes a new architectural model of sustainability.

In Building For Life, Kellert examines the fundamental interconnectedness of people and nature, and how the loss of this connection results in a diminished quality of life.

This thoughtful new work illustrates how architects and designers can use simple methods to address our innate needs for contact with nature. Through the use of natural lighting, ventilation, and materials, as well as more unexpected methodologies-the use of metaphor, perspective, enticement, and symbol-architects can greatly enhance our daily lives. These design techniques foster intellectual development, relaxation, and physical and emotional well-being. In the works of architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, Cesar Pelli, Norman Foster, and Michael Hopkins, Kellert sees the success of these strategies and presents models for moving forward. Ultimately, Kellert views our fractured relationship with nature as a design problem rather than an unavoidable aspect of modern life, and he proposes many practical and creative solutions for cultivating a more rewarding experience of nature in our built environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559637213
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,095,176
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Science and theory of connecting human and natural systems 9
3 Nature and childhood development 63
4 Harmonizing the natural and human built environments 90
5 Biophilic design 123
6 Ethics of sustainability 178
One : of forests and the sea - 1955 : middle childhood
Two : from apple orchards to shopping
Malls - 1972 : late adolescence
Three : geographic sketches here and there - 1985 : early adulthood
Four : seals in the neighbordhood - 2004 : middle age
Five : reminiscence of childhood and the city - later generations : 2030 and 2055
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