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AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington, D.C.
by Christopher Weeks (Author)

From Library Journal
Washington possesses a rich architectural heritage that spans well over two centuries. This guidebook, initially commissioned by the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1965 and last updated in 1974, provides a welcome introduction to the architecture of the nation's capital. Organized into 17 walking tours, over 450 structures are concisely described and professionally photographed. Some of the city's newer, mediocre buildings are given more attention than they deserve; the city's unfortunate penchant for constructing new buildings behind historic facades receives scant criticism; there are no photographs of building interiors; and buildings located outside of the district's boundaries (such as Dulles Airport) have been excluded from this edition. Despite these quibbles, this is a significant reference tool for Washingtonians that fills a major void.
H. Ward Jandl, National Park Svc., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Architecture in a Climate of Change
by Peter Smith (Author)

From the Publisher
He calls for changes in the way we build. For change to be widely accepted there have to be convincing reasons why long established practices should be replaced. In the first part of the book he sets out those reasons by arguing that there is convincing evidence that climate changes now under way are primarily due to human activity in releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Buildings are particularly implicated in this process and so it is appropriate that the design and construction process should be a prime target in the war against catastrophic climate change. The book is designed to promote a creative partnership between the professions to produce buildings which achieve optimum conditions for their inhabitants whilst making minimum demands on fossil based energy. Peter Smith has written extensively on the subject and is well known in the field. He is responsible for introducing the compulsory sustainable element of the course in the UK. He is Chairman of the RIBA Environment and Energy Committee, the RIBA Sustainable Features Committee and Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Development Committee.

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Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker, The
Miami's Maverick Modernist

by Randolph C. Henning

The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker is Randolph Henning’s overview of the life work of this modernist master. It features sixty-nine of the more than five hundred residential and commercial structures Parker created between 1942 and 2001. The descriptions are accompanied by nearly 400 color photographs, more than a third of which are vintage images from renowned photographer Ezra Stoller. Alfred Browning Parker is one of the twentieth century’s most famous Florida-based architects. A principal leader of the “Coconut Grove School” of tropical organic architecture, he is arguably the most renowned and honored architect in the history of Florida architecture, and his influence has been felt throughout the United States and the Caribbean.


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Bruno Stagno:
An Architect in the Tropics
Essays by Alexander Tzonis, Liane Lefaivre, Ken Yeang

In this compilation of Bruno Stagno's experience as an Architect , he discusses his experience of tropical living and the Avant-garde and traditional architectural tendency.






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Classic Cracker
Florida's Wood-Frame Vernacular  Architecture
By Ronald W. Haase

In this visually delightful book, laced with quotations from one of the best chroniclers of Florida Cracker Life, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ronald Haase takes us on an intimate tour of the utilitarian wooden structures constructed by early settlers in North Florida.



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Community by Design
New Urbanism for Suburbs and Small Communities
By Kenneth B. Hall and Gerald A. Porterfield

From the Back Cover
Community is not an accumulation of buildings with interstate access, neighborhood not a housing project convenient to shopping. Everyone knows what suburban sprawl looks like and the problems is creates. This book knows answers. The First Step to Communities that Work -Create maximum livability, cohesiveness, and style in developments outside cities. In these pages, you’ll find recommendations for creating true neighborhoods within the context of the existing suburban landscape—in an illustrated, step-by-step, case-study format.



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Cradle to Cradle

Remaking the Way We Make Things
By William McDonough & Michael Braungart

Environmentalists are normally the last people to be called shortsighted, yet that's essentially what architect McDonough and chemist Braungart contend in this clarion call for a new kind of ecological consciousness. The authors are partners in an industrial design firm that devises environmentally sound buildings, equipment and products. They argue that conventional, expensive eco-efficiency measures things like recycling or emissions reduction are inadequate for protecting the long-term health of the planet. Our industrial products are simply not designed with environmental safety in mind; there's no way to reclaim the natural resources they use or fully prevent ecosystem damage, and mitigating the damage is at best a stop-gap measure. What the authors propose in this clear, accessible manifesto is a new approach they've dubbed "eco-effectiveness": designing from the ground up for both eco-safety and cost efficiency. They cite examples from their own work, like rooftops covered with soil and plants that serve as natural insulation; nontoxic dyes and fabrics; their current overhaul of Ford's legendary River Rouge factory; and the book itself, which will be printed on a synthetic "paper" that doesn't use trees. Because profitability is a requirement of the designs, the thinking goes, they appeal to business owners and obviate the need for regulatory apparatus. These shimmery visions can sound too good to be true, and the book is sometimes frustratingly short on specifics, particularly when it comes to questions of public policy and the political interests that might oppose widespread implementation of these designs. Still, the authors' original concepts are an inspiring reminder that humans are capable of much more elegant environmental solutions than the ones we've settled for in the last half-century. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information

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Creating Sustainable Cities (Schumacher Briefing)
by Herbert Girardet

Modern cities make a huge impact on their environments, but if they were to dramatically reduce their consumption of resources and energy, they would still prosper. Waste recycling can reduce urban use of resources whilst creating many new jobs; new materials and architectural designs can greatly improve the environmental performance of urban buildings. Cities can also adopt imaginative new approaches to transport planning and management, and the use of urban space. We can dramatically improve the experience of urban life by the creation of new urban villages, reducing the peoples' desire to escape from the pressures of city life.

How can we put the pulsing heart of conviviality back into our cities? How can we make sure of creating cities of diversity for the new millennium--places of cultural vigour and physical beauty that are also sustainable in economic and environmental terms? This Schumacher Briefing shows the way forward.

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

by Jane Jacobs (Author)

In this ground-breaking work written over 30 years ago, Jane Jacobs not only threw a monkey wrench into conventional thinking on the structure of cities and helped reshape urban planning, but she did so as a non-expert and as a woman-both historical taboos in the world of intellectual analysis. With flowing, descriptive prose, Jane's work leads us to think about each element of a city-sidewalks, parks, neighborhoods, government, economy-as a synergistic unit both encompassing structure and going beyond it to the functioning dynamics of our habitats. On a revealing journey through the problems of modern urban centers, artificially engineered to meet political and economic agendas, we arrive at a greater understanding of the intrinsic nature of our cities-as they should be. -- From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women;

A classic since its publication in 1961, this book is the defintive statement on American cities: what makes them safe, how they function, and why all too many official attempts at saving them have failed.

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Design for Sustainability: A Sourcebook of Integrated, Eco-logical Solutions
By Janis Birkeland

With radical and innovative design solutions, everyone could be living in buildings and settlements that are more like gardens than cargo containers, and that purify air and water, generate energy, treat sewage and produce food - at lower cost. Birkeland introduces systems design thinking that cuts across academic and professional boundaries and the divide between social and physical sciences to move towards a transdiciplinary approach to environmental and social problem-solving.

This sourcebook is useful for teaching, as each topic within the field of environmental management and social change has pairs of short readings providing diverse perspectives to compare, contrast and debate. Design for Sustainability presents examples of integrated systems design based on ecological principles and concepts and drawn from the foremost designers in the fields of industrial design, materials, housing design, urban planning and transport, landscape and permaculture, and energy and resource management


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Design Like You Give a Damn
Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises
by Architecture for Humanity (Author), Kate Stohr (Editor), Cameron Sinclair (Editor)

San Francisco Chronicle : Heavy on context and images, light on celebrity names, Design Like You Give a Damn is a bracing reminder that there's more to architecture than museums and posh private homes. Instead, the founders of the group Architecture for Humanity round up 77 nimble solutions to real-life problems: There are fiberglass domes for the homeless of Los Angeles, a schoolhouse in Burkina Faso with an arced steel roof that insulates the clay brick classrooms below -- even a water pump in South Africa that is powered by children playing on a merry-go-round. Truly inspirational.


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Design with Nature
By Ian L. McHarg

In the twenty-five years since it first took the academic world by storm, Design With Nature has done much to redefine the fields of landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, and ecological design. It has also left a permanent mark on the ongoing discussion of mankind's place in nature and nature's place in mankind within the physical sciences and humanities. Described by one enthusiastic reviewer as a "user's manual for our world," Design With Nature offers a practical blueprint for a new, healthier relationship between the built environment and nature. In so doing, it provides nothing less than the scientific, technical, and philosophical foundations for a mature civilization that will, as Lewis Mumford ecstatically put it in his Introduction to the 1969 edition, "replace the polluted, bulldozed, machine-dominated, dehumanized, explosion-threatened world that is even now disintegrating and disappearing before our eyes."

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Designing Sustainable Communities
Learning from Village Homes
By Judy Corbett and Michael Corbett

The movement toward creating more sustainable communities has been growing for decades, and in recent years has gained new prominence with the increasing visibility of planning approaches such as the New Urbanism. Yet there are few examples of successful and time-tested sustainable communities.

Village Homes outside of Davis, California offers one such example. Built between 1975 and 1981 on 60 acres of land, it offers unique features including extensive common areas and green space; community gardens, orchards, and vineyards; narrow streets; pedestrian and bike paths; solar homes; and an innovative ecological drainage system. Authors Michael and Judy Corbett were intimately involved with the design, development, and building of Village Homes, and have resided there since 1977.

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How To Build Your Own
Volume I
By Michael Reynolds

Imagine living in a home that costs nothing to heat or cool. Imagine building this home yourself. Imagine growing your own vegetables year round in this home. Imagine having no utility bills. Imagine having easily available and unlimited resources to build this type of home. Imagine your own Earthship!

An Earthship is a structure that is self-sufficient. It is a building that provides it's own heat, cooling, water, electricity and sewage treatment. In addition it is built with reused or otherwise environmentally sensitive materials, that are relatively cheap, readily available, and easy to use. Used automobile tires meet all of these criteria and make the basic building block for an Earthship. Author Michael Reynolds describes Earthships, the theories behind them, and why they work. Then he dives into the details of how to actually build one.

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Systems and Components
Volume II
By Michael Reynolds

Imagine living in a home that costs nothing to heat or cool. Imagine building this home yourself. Imagine growing your own vegetables year round in this home. Imagine having no utility bills. Imagine having easily available and unlimited resources to build this type of home. Imagine your own Earthship!

Systems and Components....

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New Frontiers for Sustainability
by Jonathon Dawson (Author)

In the last twenty years ecovillages - local communities which aim to minimize their ecological impact but maximize human wellbeing and happiness - have been springing up all over the world. They incorporate a wealth of radical ideas and approaches which can be traced back to Schumacher, Gandhi, the 1960s, and the alternative education movement. This Briefing describes the history and potential of the ecovillage movement, including the evolution of the Global Ecovillage Network and the current developments in both North and South. The threads that are brought together in Ecovillages include:

Learning from the best elements in traditional and indigenous cultures - Alternative economy: community banks and currencies, and voluntary simplicity - Designing with nature: using permaculture design, eco-building, small-scale energy generation, waste-management, low-impact transport systems, etc Organic, locally-based food production and processing - Reviving small-scale participatory governance, conflict facilitation & social inclusion as well as reviving active inter-generational community - Creating a culture of peace, and holistic, whole person education In an age of diminishing oil supplies, the Briefing examines the lessons that we can learn from ecovillages to show us how to live in a more ecologically sound and sustainable way.

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Ecology of Place, The

Planning for Environment, Economy, and Community
by Timothy Beatley (Author), Kristy Manning (Author)

The Ecology of Place, Timothy Beatley and Kristy Manning describe a world in which land is consumed sparingly, cities and towns are vibrant and green, local economies thrive, and citizens work together to create places of eduring value. They present a holistic and compelling approach to repairing and enhancing communities, introducing a vision of "sustainable places" that extends beyond traditional architecture and urban design to consider not just the physical layout of a development but the broad set of ways in which communities are organized and operate. Chapters examine:

  • the history and context of current land use problems, along with the concept of "sustainable places"

  • the ecology of place and ecological policies and actions

  • local and regional economic development

  • links between land-use and community planning and civic involvement

  • specific recommendations to help move toward sustainability

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Energy Efficient Buildings
Architecture, Engineering, and Environment
by Dean Hawkes (Author), Wayne Forster (Author)

Exploring the evolving relationship between architecture and engineering, this book examines the environmental function and performance of buildings in the twenty-first century. Critical studies of outstanding recent building projects around the world reveal the many innovative ways designers can integrate architecture and engineering to produce buildings that are both attractive and energy efficient. 180 color and 120 black-and-white illustrations.

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Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies

by Eric Corey Freed

Want to build responsibly, reduce waste, and help preserve the environment? Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies is your friendly, step-by-step guide to every facet of this Earth-friendly method of construction. Building a home—even a green home—uses plenty of resources and energy. This practical, hands-on book shows you how to build or remodel conscientiously, whether your dream home is a simple remodel or a brand-new multimillion-dollar mansion.

You’ll start by identifying green materials and sizing up potential systems and construction sites. You’ll weigh the pros and cons of popular green building methods and identify opportunities for saving money in the long run. Need to find some green professionals to assist you in your venture? We’ll help you do that, too. This book will also help you discover how to:

  • Understand the lifecycle of building materials

  • Choose the right system for your green building project

  • Put together a green team

  • Work within your budget

  • Use green building methods and sustainable systems

  • Speed construction and reduce energy use and waste

  • Refinish old fixtures and materials

  • Beware of asbestos and lead-paint hazards

  • Avoid costly mistakes

Complete with lists of ten green things to do on every project and ten things you can do right now in your home in order to go green, Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies is your one-stop guide to planning and building the home you’ve always wanted.


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Green House, The

New Directions in Sustainable Architecture
by Alanna Stang(Author), Christopher Hawthorne (Author)


From the arid deserts of Tucson, Arizona to the icy forests of Poori, Finland to the tropical beaches of New South Wales, Australia to the urban jungle of downtown Manhattan, critics Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne have traveled to the farthest reaches of the globe to find all that is new in the design of sustainable, or "green," homes. The result: more than thirty-five residences in fifteen countries -- and nearly every conceivable natural environment -- designed by a combination of star architects and heretofore unknown practitioners. Six different climactic zones are presented in The Green House -- waterfront, forest and mountain, tropical, desert, suburban, and urban; there is also a section on mobile dwellings. Each chapter features a series of homes that show the diversity and possibility of sustainable design. Projects are presented with large color images, plans, drawings, and an accompanying text that describes their green features and explains how they work with and in the environment. Architects included: Santiago Calatrava, Shigeru Ban, Miller/Hull, Rick Joy, Lake Flato, Kengo Kuma, Glenn Murcutt, Pugh & Scarpa, Werner Sobek, and many others. The Green House is not only a beautiful object in its own right, but is sure to be an indispensable reference for anyone building or interested in sustainable design -- and if you ask us, that should be everyone.


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Green Plans
Greenprint for Sustainability (Our Sustainable Future)
by Huey D. Johnson

"Green Plans" provides an effective strategy to move from industrial environmental deterioration to postindustrial sustainability. Huey D. Johnson provides the first detailed and understandable examination of the theory, implementation, and performance of green plans in the Netherlands, Canada, and New Zealand. Plans being considered in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, and the European Community are also discussed. Huey D. Johnson is founder and president of the Resource Renewal Institute in San Francisco.



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Green Urbanism
Learning from European Cities
By Timothy Beatley

From Book News, Inc.
Beatley (urban and environmental planning, U. of Virginia-Charlottesville) takes examples from 25 innovative European cities on how to preserve green space, ease traffic congestion, and make cities more livable livable in other ways. He looks at the sustainable cities movement, transit systems and policies, renewable energy, sustainable forms of economic development, sustainable building, and generally green thinking in all decision making. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR




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Living Tradition, A

Architecture of the Bahamas
by Stephen A. Mouzon

Book Description

This book is a graphic architectural code that makes the unusual proposition of directing itself to the population of the Bahamas at-large rather than just to the architects. This book follows the instructions for each pattern with an explanation of "We do this because..." It is believed that by opening up the rationale for architecture again, an entire culture might come to understand why they love what they love, just as their grandparents and those before them did.

New Urbanism has figured out excellence in architecture in its best developments, but adversaries often complain that those places lack vitality in their architecture. The greatest places all exhibit great variety in a narrow range, but new urbanists have not yet done as well as our ancestors in creating great varieties within that range.

The book is polemically ecological. Each pattern that contributes to one or more LEED credits spells out the details of how the credits may be earned. It also points out the ecological contributions of many patterns that are currently outside the scope of what LEED recognizes to be green. The book is also comprehensively Transect-based, calibrating each pattern of the architecture directly to the Transect. The Transect coding of each pattern is also calibrated across the Classical/Vernacular Spectrum from Refined to Organic.

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Nature of Design
Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention
By David W. Orr

From the Publisher
The environmental movement has often been accused of being overly negative-trying to stop "progress". The Nature of Design, on the other hand, is about starting things, specifically an ecological design revolution that changes how we provide food, shelter, energy, materials, livelihood, and deal with waste. Ecological design is an emerging field aiming to recalibrate what humans do in the world with how the world works as a biophysical system. Design in this sense is a large concept having to do as much with politics and ethics as with buildings and technology. This is a book that combines theory, practicality, and action.


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Peak Everything
Waking up to the Century of Declines
By Richard Heinberg

Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological, and practical changes we will have to make as nature rapidly dictates our new limits. This latest book from Richard Heinberg, author of three of the most important books on Peak Oil, touches on the most important aspects of the human condition at this unique moment in time.

A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, this book tells how we might make the transition from the Age of Excess to the Era of Modesty with grace and satisfaction, while preserving the best of our collective achievements. A must-read for individuals, business leaders, and policymakers who are serious about effecting real change.

Parameters touched:

Global oil, natural gas, and coal extraction

Yearly grain harvests

Climate stability


Economic Growth

Fresh Water

Minerals and ores, such as copper and platinum






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Prefab Green

By Michelle Kaufmann, Cathy Remick

IN PREFAB GREEN, architect Michelle Kaufmann shares her vision of creating thoughtful, sustainable design for everyone. Her firm, Michelle Kaufmann Designs, blends sustainable home layouts, eco-friendly materials, and low-energy options to create a "prepackaged" green solution to home design. Kaufmann tells about five eco-principles that are present in every design her firm creates-smart design, eco-materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy environment-and how each work together to create homes that make a difference.

Michelle Kaufmann founded Michelle Kaufmann Designs in 2002. Michelle's work is widely published and her homes have been showcased in a number of museums including the National Building Museum, the Vancouver Art Center, MOCA in Los Angeles, and Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Michelle lives in Marin County, California.

Cathy Remick has worked as a staff architect and designer for several national firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She is a design manager for mkStudios. She lives in Orinda, California.



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Proceed and Be Bold
Rural Studio After Samuel Mockbee
by Andrea Oppenheimer Dean (Author), Timothy Hursley (Photographer)

From Publishers Weekly
The first title documenting Samuel Mockbee's architectural practice, Rural Studio (2002), has been through five printings; it is beginning to have an impact similar to that of Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language 30 years ago on the ways architects and designers conceive of what they do, how they might go about doing it—and for whom. Mockbee, who died in 2001, believed that great architecture could be made from simple materials (as well as unorthodox and recycled: tires, windshields, hay), for people who were often living in far from ideal conditions; he put his ideas into practice via his studio in out-of-the-way southwestern Alabama. This book documents the studio's work under Andrew Freear in the years since Mockbee's death, including the gorgeously simple Antioch Baptist Church in Perry Co., Ala., which rose like a phoenix from within its century-old predecessor, and a totally heterodox, perfectly calibrated house for a man called Music Man. (Apr. 21)
Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Recycling the City
The Use and Reuse of Urban Land
Edited by Rosalind Greenstein and Yseim Sungu-Eryilmaz

This collection of essays examines underutilized, abandoned and vacant urban land within political, economic, institutional and policy contexts. In the volume’s three sections, the authors consider the issues at the national, regional, local and site levels; examine redevelopment processes and policies; and describe some potential uses of vacant and abandoned land, including urban agriculture, green development, and the preservation of an industrial landscape for cultural uses.


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Restorative Commons: Creating Health and Well-being through Urban Landscapes

Edited by Lindsay Campbell and Anne Wiesen

A collection of 18 articles inspired by the Meristem 2007 Forum, "Restorative Commons for Community Health." The articles include interviews, case studies, thought pieces, and interdisciplinary theoretical works that explore the relationships between human health and the urban environment. This volume is a joint endeavor of Meristem and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station as they work to strengthen networks for researchers and practitioners to develop new solutions to persistent and emergent challenges to human health, well-being, and potential within the urban environment.


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Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio

Community Architecture
by David Moos (Editor), Gail Trechsel (Contributor), Samuel Mockbee (Contributor)

The architect and teacher Samuel Mockbee, founder of Auburn University's Rural Studio, was an idealist who put into action one of the boldest programs in contemporary architecture. Mockbee led his students in the design and construction of homes, community centers and other essential structures in Hale County, Alabama--one of the poorest counties in the United States. Mockbee believed that architecture could play a determining role in combating the brutalities of poverty. He inspired students to create vanguard designs and utilize an array of innovative, cost-effective building materials that included scraps of carpet baled into rectangular building blocks. This combination of ingenuity and enterprise informed the unique character of Mockbee's undertaking. Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio appraises Mockbee's unique contribution, assessing how he believed that architecture, practiced as a community-oriented undertaking, could transform the social environment.

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Small Eco-Houses
by Simone Schleifer


A book covering eco-homes.

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Suburban Nation
The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
By Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jess Speck

Like "an architectural version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, our main streets and neighborhoods have been replaced by alien substitutes, similar but not the same," state Duany, Plater-Zyberk and Speck in this bold and damning critique. The authors, who lead a firm that has designed more than 200 new neighborhoods and community revitalization plans, challenge nearly half a century of widely accepted planning and building practices that have produced sprawling subdivisions, shopping centers and office parks connected by new highways. These practices, they contend, have not only destroyed the traditional concept of the neighborhood, but eroded such vital social values as equality, citizenship and personal safety. Further, they charge that current suburban developments are not only economically and environmentally "unsustainable," but "not functional" because they isolate and place undue burdens on at-home mothers, children, teens and the elderly. Adapting the precepts that famed urbanologist Jane Jacobs used to critique unhealthy city planning, Duany, Plater-Zyberk and Speck call for a revolution in suburban design that emphasizes neighborhoods in which homes, schools, commercial and municipal buildings would be integrated in pedestrian-accessible, safe and friendly settings. While occasionally presenting unsupported claims--such as that gated communities (of which there are now more than 20,000 in the U.S.) deprive children of gaining "a sense of empathy" in a diverse society--their visionary book holds out hope that we can create "places that are as valuable as the nature they displaced." (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.




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Toward the Livable City
Emily Buchwald, Editor

Toward the Livable City is intended for commuters, suburbanites, and city dwellers who are both curious about making their lives more livable and interested in knowing what that might mean. Combining firsthand accounts of the attractions and distractions of city life, this book also introduces a wide range of perspectives about creating successful, livable cities, with examples from across America and around the world. The book conveys what leading thinkers say about such topics as smart growth, opportunity-based housing, traffic calming, pedestrian rights, regional planning, riverfront redevelopment, urban agriculture, and the pleasures of sauntering with one’s neighbors down tree-lined streets to restaurants, theaters, and shops.

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Tropical Architecture
Critical Regionalism in the Age of Globalization
Edited by Alexander Tzonis, Liane Lefaivre and Bruno Stagno

From the Publisher
Tropical Architecture presents a selection of essays by architectural historians and theoreticians on key issues in tropical architecture today. Alongside these are examples of work (both architectural and urbanist) from leading tropical architecture practitioners - including emerging practitioners and established architectural stars. Contributors include Ken Yeang, Michael Pearce, Charles Correa and many more.

Architects, academics, and critics examine a broad array of issues related to the shared ecology and differing regional styles of architecture in the tropical regions in this collection of 13 essays. Accompanied by illustrations and photographs, the essays address commonalities in approaches to shared environmental dilemmas, the conflict between regionalism and globalization, the relationship between architecture and national identity, considerations of environmental sustainability, urban development, and other issues raised by tropical architecture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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The Upcycle:
Beyond Sustainability--Designing for Abundance

by Eric Utne

"The upcycle is a book about creativity, about thinking big even if we have to act small, and about approaching problems with a bias for action. It encourages us to find solutions through close observation, innovation and the study of real, local conditions and needs..."

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What We See
By Jane Jacobs

A timely revisitation of renowned urbanist-activist Jane Jacobs' lifework, What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs invites thirty pundits and practitioners across fields to refresh Jacobs' economic, social and urban planning theories for the present day. Combining personal and professional observations with meditations on Jacobs' insights, essayists bring their diverse experience to bear to sketch the blueprints for the living city.

The book models itself after Jacobs' collaborative approach to city and community building, asking community members and niche specialists to share their knowledge with a broader community, to work together toward a common goal of building the 21st century city.

The resulting collection of original essays expounds and expands Jacobs' ideas on the qualities of a vibrant, robust urban area. It offers the generalist, the activist, and the urban planner practical examples of the benefits of planning that encourages community participation, pedestrianism, diversity, environmental responsibility and self-sufficiency.

Bob Sirman, director of the Canada Council for the Arts, describes how built form should be an embodiment of a community narrative. Daniel Kemmis, former Mayor of Missoula, shares an imagined dialog with Jacobs,' discussing the delicate interconnection between cities and their surrounding rural areas. And Roberta Brandes Gratz—urban critic, author, and former head of Public Policy of the New York State Preservation League—asserts the importance of architectural preservation to environmentally sound urban planning practices.

What We See asks us all to join the conversation about next steps for shaping socially just, environmentally friendly, and economically prosperous urban communities.




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You and Architecture
A practical guide to the best building
by Alfred Browning Parker


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