Rebuilding Earth: Designing Ecoconscious Habitats for Humans

Rebuilding Earth: Designing Ecoconscious Habitats for Humans


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A revolutionary guide to designing humane, eco-conscious homes, buildings, and cities of the future.

It is estimated that the earth's population will expand to an unprecedented nine billion people over the next century. This explosion in population is predicted to place further stress on our environment, deplete our natural resources, and lead to increases in anxiety and depression due to overcrowding. In this visionary and uplifting book, Teresa Coady offers readers new hope. Rebuilding Earth is her blueprint for designing and building the cities, buildings, and homes of tomorrow, resulting in more conscious, sustainable, and humane living. Coady shows us how we can shift from an outdated Industrial-Age framework to a more humane, Digital-Age framework. This revolutionary approach will enable communities to harness various forms of green energy and reduce the amount of material needed to build infrastructure while contributing to a healthier planet (and society). We can then experience a new sense of purpose, health, and happiness. Meaningful and lasting change, the author tells us, can only come through designing interconnected communities that are vibrant, resilient, and communal. Unlike most predictions of doom and gloom, Coady presents a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity and its future. This book will appeal to those in the construction, design and development finance industries, as well as anyone interested in improving their lives through understanding the connections between the environment and health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623174316
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/20/2020
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,234,533
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Teresa Coady is an award-winning architect and Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In addition to her work as president and CEO of BuntingCoady B+H and COO of Kasian, two of Canada's largest design firms, Coady is also a director of the International Initiative for Sustainable Built Environments (iiSBE) and a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (UNEP GlobalABC). She received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 1999 and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award in 2008. She resides with her family in Vancouver.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 How Did We Get Here? 7

Chapter 2 Water: Why Blue Is the New Green 23

Chapter 3 Forests: The "Wood Wide Web" 43

Chapter 4 Natural Features: Renewing Connections Above and Below 63

Chapter 5 Solar: Utilizing the Source of All Energy on Earth 85

Chapter 6 Redefining the Energy Infrastructure 107

Chapter 7 Atmosphere: Restoring Our Living, Breathing Planet 129

Chapter 8 Earth: Earth Energy and Materials 149

Chapter 9 Sound: Speech, Music, and Noise 171

Chapter 10 The Natural Human: Rewilding Our Cities 191

Chapter 11 Human Community: Reimagining Ourselves 213

Chapter 12 A New Model: Conscious Construction 237

The Twelve Principles of Conscious Construction: A Summary 247

Afterword 253

Further Reading 255

Index 283

Acknowledgments 297

About the Author 299

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