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Publisher Comments:

Ecological Design is 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 Design provides 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.

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The authors are both consultants and design practitioners with a particular vision. To create sustainable systems, objects and environments, they argue, designers and planners must use nature, including its structures and intentions of growth and change, as a model. They introduce their approach in terms of its geometry, both in finished product and process, and step through a series of five principals of design, including solutions growing from place, ecological accounting informing design, designing with nature, understanding that everyone is a designer, and making nature visible. Their accessible text is packed with examples so principles are easy to follow and apply. The result is useful for professionals as well as students in development, design, urban planning and architecture. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Ecological Design is a landmark volume that helped usher in an exciting new era in green design and sustainability planning. 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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597261418
Author:
Sim Van Der Ryn and Stuart Cowan
Publisher:
Island Press
Author:
Cowan, Stuart
Author:
Van Der Ryn, Sim
Author:
Ryn, Sim Van Der
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental policy
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
General Architecture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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