Ecological Design / Edition 10

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Overview

Ecological Design is a landmark volume that helped usher in an exciting new era in green design and sustainability planning. Since its initial publication in 1996, the book has been critically important in sparking dialogue and triggering collaboration across spatial scales and design professions in pursuit of buildings, products, and landscapes with radically decreased environmental impacts. This 10th anniversary edition makes the work available to a new generation of practitioners and thinkers concerned with moving our society onto a more sustainable path.
 
Using examples from architecture, industrial ecology, sustainable agriculture, ecological wastewater treatment, and many other fields, Ecological Design provides a framework for integrating human design with living systems. Drawing on complex systems, ecology, and early examples of green building and design, the book challenges us to go further, creating buildings, infrastructures, and landscapes that are truly restorative rather than merely diminishing the rate at which things are getting worse.

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Editorial Reviews

Metropolis Magazine
"The fundamental ideas at work here—conserving resources, designing with nature, making people responsible for their own shit (literally)—undoubtedly deserve consideration."
President, CEO and Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council - S. Richard Fedrizzi
"The publication of Ecological Design was a seminal moment for the green building movement, and the book remains one of our most valuable and relevant texts today. Sim Van der Ryn is one of the fathers of sustainable design, but his work transcends time; together with Stuart Cowan, he has written a work that will inspire and inform us for years to come."
architect and planner, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, UK - Dr. Ken Yeang
"A bench-mark pioneering work, that remains vitally relevant today, after a decade of influencing the ecodesign community, and now with new ideas and a critical assessment of the sustainability status quo."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597261418
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 438,250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sim Van der Ryn is professor emeritus in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and founder and principal of Sim Van der Ryn + Associates, an architectural firm specializing in ecological design.

Stuart Cowan is a general partner with Autopoiesis LLC in Portland, Oregon, which offers design, development, and finance services internationally for large-scale sustainability projects. He recently served as research director at Ecotrust.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Bringing Design to Life
Sustainability and Design 3
An Introduction to Ecological Design 17
Nature's Geometry 33
Pt. 2 The Ecological Design Process
Introduction: The Compost Privy Story 51
First Principle: Solutions Grow from Place 57
Second Principle: Ecological Accounting Informs Design 82
Third Principle: Design with Nature 103
Fourth Principle: Everyone Is a Designer 146
Fifth Principle: Make Nature Visible 160
Resource Guide for Ecological Design 173
Bibliography 185
Index 195
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