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Big and Green is a pioneering and definitive exploration of the transformative power of sustainable design. Forcusing on big buildings, where the challenges aas well as benefits are greatest, Big and Green shows how the concept of sustaibability has the potential to yield a more vibrant, exciting architecture for the future.

The fifty projects documented in Big and Green recognize that energy must be used wisely and conserved. They balance a respect for the natural world with the demand for new buildings that provide healthful environments that meet our needs for economic growth.

Big and Green features the work of leading architects from around the world, including Shigeru Ban, Norman Foster, MVRDV, SOM, and Moshe Safdie, among many others. Also included is a preface by architect and green design advocate William McDonough, a series of essays that track the history and development of new sustainable building technologies, a glossary of green design terms, and interviews with the architects Richard Rogers, Kenneth Yeang, and the partners of Fox & Fowle.

Review:

"The buildings shown in Big and Green are more than just examples of the technological bells and whistles of green design. They are part of an evolving cultural phenomenon. They seek to replace dominion over nature with a more fulfilling relationship with the natural world. If this century is to be known for peace, prosperity, beauty, and the restoration of our world, kinship with nature must become on of the foundations of our cultural life. Architecture, with its profound ability to create new relationships to place, is uniquely positioned to lead such a renaissance." William McDonough

Book News Annotation:

Published in conjunction with an exhibit of the same title being shown at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, January 17-June 2003, this volume showcases 50 projects by leading international architects balancing demand for new buildings with respect for nature as reflected in energy conservation. A foreword by the museum's president, color illustrations, and a glossary of sustainable design terms augment the text. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 186-187).

Synopsis:

More than a century after its inception, the skyscraper has finally come of age. Though it has long been lampooned as a venal and inhospitable guzzler of resources, a revolutionary new school of skyscraper design has refashioned the idiom with buildings that are sensitive to their environments, benevolent to their occupants, and economically viable to build and maintain. Designed by some of the best-known architects in the world, these towers are as daring aesthetically as they are innovative environmentally.

Big and Green is the first book to examine the sustainable skyscraper, its history, the technologies that make it possible, and its role in the future of urban development.

The book examines more than 40 of the most important recent sustainable skyscrapers-including Fox and Fowle's Reuters Buildings in New York, Norman Foster's Commerzbank in Frankfurt, and MVRDV's spectacular Dutch Pavilion from Expo 2000 in Hanover-with project descriptions, photographs, and detailed drawings. Interviews with such leaders in the field as Sir Richard Rogers, William McDonough, and Kenneth Yeang are also included.

About the Author

David Gissen is associate curator at the National Building Museum. He has taught at the American University, Yale University, and the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introduction / by David Gissen — Energy — The air we breathe / by Guy Battle — Light & air — Vertiscapes : the skyscraper as garden / by James Wines — Greenery, water & waste — Beyond the limits of sustainable architecture : a new material sensibility for the twenty-first century / by Michael Braungart — Construction — Rethinking the corporate biosphere : the social ecology of sustainable architecture / by David Serlin — Urbanism — Richard Rogers : On sustainability and how it's changing the face of modernism ; Kenneth Yeang : building cities in the sky ; Bruce Fowle : Robert Fox, and William Browning : it's not easy building green / by Nina Rappaport — Glossary of terms used in sustainable design / by Ashok Raiji.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568983615
Subtitle:
Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century
Editor:
Gissen, David
Editor:
Gissen, David
Author:
Gissen, David
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Forecasting
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
Commercial buildings
Subject:
Sustainable architecture
Subject:
History - Specific Styles
Subject:
Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Subject:
Sustainable architecture - Forecasting
Subject:
Commercial buildings - Forecasting
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 87
Publication Date:
20030101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.46x7.32x.81 in. 1.79 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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Product details 192 pages Princeton Architectural Press - English 9781568983615 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The buildings shown in Big and Green are more than just examples of the technological bells and whistles of green design. They are part of an evolving cultural phenomenon. They seek to replace dominion over nature with a more fulfilling relationship with the natural world. If this century is to be known for peace, prosperity, beauty, and the restoration of our world, kinship with nature must become on of the foundations of our cultural life. Architecture, with its profound ability to create new relationships to place, is uniquely positioned to lead such a renaissance."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 186-187).
"Synopsis" by , More than a century after its inception, the skyscraper has finally come of age. Though it has long been lampooned as a venal and inhospitable guzzler of resources, a revolutionary new school of skyscraper design has refashioned the idiom with buildings that are sensitive to their environments, benevolent to their occupants, and economically viable to build and maintain. Designed by some of the best-known architects in the world, these towers are as daring aesthetically as they are innovative environmentally.

Big and Green is the first book to examine the sustainable skyscraper, its history, the technologies that make it possible, and its role in the future of urban development.

The book examines more than 40 of the most important recent sustainable skyscrapers-including Fox and Fowle's Reuters Buildings in New York, Norman Foster's Commerzbank in Frankfurt, and MVRDV's spectacular Dutch Pavilion from Expo 2000 in Hanover-with project descriptions, photographs, and detailed drawings. Interviews with such leaders in the field as Sir Richard Rogers, William McDonough, and Kenneth Yeang are also included.

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