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Eco Structures: Forms of Sustainable Architecture
     

Eco Structures: Forms of Sustainable Architecture

by Gianpaola Spirito (Editor), Antonino Terranova (Introduction), Sabrina Leone (Text by), Leone Spita (Text by)
 
The rapid depletion of resources and the continuous demand for new buildings are key issues facing city planners, architects, and policy makers today. This portfolio of cutting-edge eco structures from the world's leading architecture firms offers ideas on how to reinvent underdeveloped spaces and also supplies the know-how to plan new buildings that have reduced

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The rapid depletion of resources and the continuous demand for new buildings are key issues facing city planners, architects, and policy makers today. This portfolio of cutting-edge eco structures from the world's leading architecture firms offers ideas on how to reinvent underdeveloped spaces and also supplies the know-how to plan new buildings that have reduced energy needs and low environmental impact. Thanks to innovations in engineering, buildings made of local and recycled materials can benefit our budgets and our planet. With detailed photographs of contemporary projects-including biometric structures and ones that blend into the natural surroundings-this volume provides an in-depth look at the latest in sustainable architecture.

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Library Journal
This large-format survey features 50 recent complexes and buildings worldwide. Many already seem iconic, such as Renzo Piano's cultural center in Nouméa, New Caledonia, which resembles a row of giant woven baskets. Spirito (New Urban Giants) has grouped his subjects into categories he calls eco tech, low tech, green arch, land arch, and recycle arch. Each design incorporates sustainable elements in a different way. Architects include prominent firms like Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Foster + Partners, Herzog & de Meuron, Steven Holl Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The book concept and summary essays by Leone and Spita (both architecture faculty at La Sapienza, University of Rome) are inspiring, and the visuals superb. However, awkward descriptive text often forces a reader to halt in puzzlement at unclear meaning. VERDICT A fine effort to introduce a worthy Italian book into the English-language market, let down by inadequate translation and copyediting.—David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788854404977
Publisher:
White Star Publishers
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 14.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Gianpaola Spirito, Sabrina Leone, Leone Spita, and Antonino Terranova, members of the faculty of architecture "Ludovico Quaroni" at "La Sapienza," University of Rome, are contributors to leading journals and authors of books on modern architecture.

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