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The story of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College — the first substantially green building to be built on a college campus — encompasses more than the particulars of one building. In Design on the Edge, David Orr writes about the planning and design of Oberlin's environmental studies building as part of a larger story about the art and science of ecological design and the ability of institutions of higher learning themselves to learn.

The Lewis Center, which has attracted worldwide attention as a model of ecological design, operates according to environmental principles. It is powered entirely by solar energy, features landscaping with fruit trees and vegetable gardens, and houses a Living Machine, which processes all wastewater for reuse in the building or landscape. Orr puts the Lewis Center into historical design context and describes the obstacles and successes he encountered in obtaining funds and college approval, interweaving the particulars of the center with thoughts on the larger environmental and societal issues the building process illustrates.

Equal parts analysis, personal reflection, and call to action, Design on the Edge illustrates the process of institutional change, institutional learning, and the political economy of design. It describes how the idea of the Lewis Center originated and was translated into reality with the help of such environmental visionaries as William McDonough and John Todd, and how the building has performed since its completion.

College and university administrators will spend 17 billion dollars on new buildings over the next few years. Design on the Edge is essential reading for architects, planners, and environmentalists who need to sell the innovations of ecological design to wary institutions, and for educators and students whose profession is undermined by the very buildings they work in — and for anyone who has ever tried to change an organization for the better.

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"Design on the Edge is an original, powerful, and inspiring book. David Orr has been on the cutting edge of sustainability issues for decades, and few academics can tell the truth with the humor, insight, and graceful style he brings. Here he challenges higher education to rise to the challenge of addressing the critical issues that threaten our survival, a task that requires moral courage and passion, as well as science and reason." Sim Van der Ryn, author of Ecological Design and Design for Life, and Director, Center for Regenerative Design, College of Marin

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"With the wisdom of Wendell Berry and the fervor of Ian McHarg, Orr challenges architecture and higher education to repair the breach between the built and natural environments and between institutional rhetoric and behavior. His is a compelling argument for both designers and educators to get their houses in better ecological order." Douglas Kelbaugh, Dean, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Review:

"With this bold and insightful book, Orr has provided the design and construction industry exactly what we need: a candid, detailed account of the actions and results of the Lewis Center, one of the most ambitious projects of our time. It's an essential read for anyone interested in creating buildings or communities that increase health and vitality." Bob Berkebile, BNIM Architects

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--Sim Van der Ryn, author of Ecological Design and Design for Life, and Director, Center for Regenerative Design, College of Marin

Synopsis:

The story of the building of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College in the context of ecological design, institutional learning, and the green campus movement.

Synopsis:

The story of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College--the first substantially green building to be built on a college campus--encompasses more than the particulars of one building. In

About the Author

David W. Orr is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College. He is the author of The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention, The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror, Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, and Ecological Literacy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262151177
Author:
Orr, David W.
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Author:
David W.
Author:
Orr
Author:
Orr, David
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Buildings
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
Sustainable/Environmental
Subject:
General Architecture
Subject:
Environmentally Conscious (Green)
Subject:
Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Subject:
Sustainability & Green Design
Subject:
Adam Joseph Lewis Center (Oberlin, Ohio)
Subject:
Oberlin College - Buildings
Subject:
Architecture-Types
Copyright:
Series:
Design on the Edge
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Review" by , "Design on the Edge is an original, powerful, and inspiring book. David Orr has been on the cutting edge of sustainability issues for decades, and few academics can tell the truth with the humor, insight, and graceful style he brings. Here he challenges higher education to rise to the challenge of addressing the critical issues that threaten our survival, a task that requires moral courage and passion, as well as science and reason." Sim Van der Ryn, author of Ecological Design and Design for Life, and Director, Center for Regenerative Design, College of Marin
"Review" by , "With the wisdom of Wendell Berry and the fervor of Ian McHarg, Orr challenges architecture and higher education to repair the breach between the built and natural environments and between institutional rhetoric and behavior. His is a compelling argument for both designers and educators to get their houses in better ecological order."
"Review" by , "With this bold and insightful book, Orr has provided the design and construction industry exactly what we need: a candid, detailed account of the actions and results of the Lewis Center, one of the most ambitious projects of our time. It's an essential read for anyone interested in creating buildings or communities that increase health and vitality."
"Synopsis" by , --Sim Van der Ryn, author of Ecological Design and Design for Life, and Director, Center for Regenerative Design, College of Marin
"Synopsis" by , The story of the building of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College in the context of ecological design, institutional learning, and the green campus movement.
"Synopsis" by , The story of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center at Oberlin College--the first substantially green building to be built on a college campus--encompasses more than the particulars of one building. In
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