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Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan

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Just Enough is a book of stories, depictions of vanished ways of life told from the point of view of a contemporary observer. The stories tell how people lived in Japan some two hundred years ago, during the late Edo Period, when traditional technology and culture were at the peak of development and realization, just before the country opened itself to the West and joined the ranks of the industrialized nations. They tell of people overcoming many of the identical problems that confront us today--issues of energy, water, materials, food and population--and forging a society that was conservation-minded, waste-free, well-housed, well-fed and economically robust.

From these stories, readers will gain insight into what it is like to live in a sustainable society, not so much in terms of specific technical approaches, but rather, in terms of how larger concerns can guide daily decisions and how social and environmental contexts shape our courses of action. These stories are intended to illustrate the environmentally-related problems that the people in both rural and urban areas faced, the conceptual frameworks in which they viewed these problems, and how they went about finding solutions. Included at the end of each section are a number of lessons in which the author elaborates on what Edo Period life has to offer us in the global battle to reverse environmental degradation. Topics covered include everything from transportation, interconnected systems, and waste reduction to the need for spiritual centers in the home.

Just Enough, more than anything else, is about a mentality that pervaded traditional Japanese society and which can serve as a beacon for our own efforts to achieve sustainability now.

About the Author

AZBY BROWN was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He studied architecture and sculpture at Yale College, graduating in 1980. In 1985, he received a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education to do research at the Department of Architecture of the University of Tokyo, where he received a master's degree. He is the author of The Genius of Japanese Carpentry, Small Spaces and The Very Small Home, all published by Kodansha International. He became an associate professor of architectural design at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in 1995, where he has also accepted a position in the Department of Media Informatics. In 2003, he opened the Future Design Institute in Tokyo, and currently serves as director.

Product Details

ISBN:
9784770030740
Subtitle:
Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan
Publisher:
Kodansha USA
Author:
Brown, Azby
Author:
null, Azby
Subject:
Japan Social life and customs 1600-1868.
Subject:
Environmentalism - Japan - History
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Green Business
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Business-Manufacturing and Product Development
Publication Date:
20100201
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
More than 100 line drawings
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.30x7.60x.80 in. 1.65 lbs.

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Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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