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Ecological Design: Tenth Anniversary Edition,9781597261418

Ecological Design: Tenth Anniversary Edition

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Edition: Anniv.
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 3/28/2007
Publisher(s): Island Pr
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Ecological Designis 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 Designprovides 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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
A Ten-Year Retrospectivep. 2
Bringing Design to Life
Sustainability and Designp. 18
An Introduction to Ecological Designp. 32
Nature's Geometryp. 50
The Ecological Design Process
Introduction: The Compost Privy Storyp. 68
First Principle: Solutions Grow from Placep. 76
Second Principle: Ecological Accounting Informs Designp. 102
Third Principle: Design with Naturep. 124
Fourth Principle: Everyone Is a Designerp. 168
Fifth Principle: Make Nature Visiblep. 184
Resource Guide for Ecological Designp. 199
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 229
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