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The Barefoot Architectby Johan Van Lengen
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This is the first English translation from a 1982 Portuguese guide to building just about everything needed for human habitation. Van Lengen is the founder of the Bio-Architecture and Intuitive technology school in Brazil. In clear prose, illustrated on almost every page, he explains how to build a home, provide power, water and sanitation, plant a garden and live compatibly with the environment. Many of the examples are intended for people living in areas where, through isolation or poverty, building materials need to be found locally. He arranges the sections on home building by climate and gives several alternate methods for power and sanitation depending on local conditions. The only question is why did it take so long for this immensely useful book to appear in English? Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A former UN worker and prominent architect, Johan van Lengen has seen firsthand the desperate need for a "greener" approach to housing in impoverished tropical climates. This comprehensive book clearly explains every aspect of this endeavor, including design (siting, orientation, climate consideration), materials (sisal, cactus, bamboo, earth), and implementation. The author emphasizes throughout the book what is inexpensive and sustainable. Included are sections discussing urban planning, small-scale energy production, cleaning and storing drinking water, and dealing with septic waste, and all information is applied to three distinct tropical regions: humid areas, temporate areas, and desert climates. Hundreds of explanatory drawings by van Lengen allow even novice builders to get started.
A former U.N. worker and prominent architect clearly explains every aspect of taking a greener approach to housing in impoverished tropical climates--including design, materials, and implementation. Hundreds of explanatory drawings by van Lengen allow even novice builders to get started.
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