Sustainable Design Books

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  1. Design, Ecology, Politics - Towards the Ecocene

    Design, Ecology, Politics: Towards the Ecocene

    Design, Ecology, Politics links social and ecological theory to design theory and practice, critiquing the ways in which the design industry perpetuates unsustainable development. Boehnert argues that when design does engage with issues of sustainability, this engagement remains shallow, due to the narrow basis of analysis in design education and theory. The situation is made more severe by design cultures which claim to be apolitical. Where design education fails to recognise the historical roots of unsustainable practice, it reproduces old errors. New ecologically informed design methods and tools hold promise only when incorporated into a larger project of political change. Design, Ecology, Politics describes how ecological literacy challenges many central assumptions in design theory and practice.

  2. Sustainaspeak - A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms

    Sustainaspeak: A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms

    Sustainaspeak: A Guide to Sustainable Design Terms provides a current guide to the sustainable design strategies, terms, and practices needed for the next generation of designers, architects, students, and community leaders to design a carbon-neutral world for future generations.

  3. Sustainable Building Design - Principles and Practice

    Sustainable Building Design: Principles and Practice

    Sustainable Built Environments: Principles and Practice offers detailed, environmentally sound design solutions to a wide range of building engineering challenges. The text uses case examples and project data provided by engineers and designers at Arup Associates. It covers a broad range of relevant issues, with focused commentaries and explanations presented in an accessible format for use by students, busy practitioners and informed clients.

  4. Sustainable Thinking - Ethical Approaches to Design and Design Management

    Sustainable Thinking: Ethical Approaches to Design and Design Management

    Sustainable Thinking explores how values and sustainability can reshape the way design management is practised and applied. The book discusses how designers can combine innovative creative thinking with analytical problem-solving skills to produce outputs that are business ready and ethically driven. Examples from a wide range of practitioners who work within the field of sustainable design are examined through case studies, and engaging activities suggest ways for students and practitioners to explore introducing sustainable thinking into their work.

  5. Aesthetic Sustainability - Product Design and Sustainable Usage

    Aesthetic Sustainability: Product Design and Sustainable Usage

    Aesthetic Sustainability: Product Design and Sustainable Usage offers guidelines for ways to reduce, rethink, and reform consumption. Its focus on aesthetics adds a new dimension to the creation, as well as the consumption, of sustainable products. This book is related to emotional durability in the sense that the focus is on the psychological and sensuous bond between subject and object. But the subject-object connection is based on more than emotions: aesthetically sustainable objects continuously add nourishment to human life. It explores the difference between sentimental value and aesthetic value, and it offers suggestions for operational approaches that can be implemented in the design process to increase aesthetic sustainability.

  6. Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design

    Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design

    The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design considers the design, not only of artifacts, but of structures, systems, and interactions that bear our decisions and identities in the context of sustaining our shared planet. In addressing issues of design for global impact, behavior change, systems and strategy, ethics and values, this handbook presents a unique and powerful design perspective.

  7. Design to Renourish - Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice

    Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice

    Design to Renourish is a book for the graphic design professional that helps to integrate sustainability into their workflow through a design process called systems thinking. This process asks the graphic designer to approach a design problem by being more informed and aware of and influenced by the impacts that material and vendor choices have on one another, the planet, and consequently on us.

  8. Aluminum Upcycled - Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective

    Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective

    In Upcycling Aluminum, Carl A. Zimring explores how the metal's abundance after World War II―coupled with the significant economic and environmental costs of smelting it from bauxite ore―led to the industrial production of valuable durable goods from salvaged aluminum. By viewing upcycling through the lens of one material, Zimring deepens our understanding of the history of recycling in industrial society. He also provides a historical perspective on contemporary sustainable design practices. Along the way, he challenges common assumptions about upcycling's merits and adds a new dimension to recycling as a form of environmental absolution for the waste-related sins of the modern world.

  9. Eco Packaging Now

    Eco Packaging Now

    Eco Packaging Now features more than 100 brilliant ideas from all over the world, which are presented in insightful detail and complemented by glorious full-color photography.

  10. POG - POD OFF-GRID - Explorations into Low Energy Waterborne Communities

    POG: POD OFF-GRID: Explorations into Low Energy Waterborne Communities

    Despite the continued risk of widespread flooding through Climate Change, living, working and playing on water continues to be a necessity and a way of life for many. In the context of population increase, rapid urbanisation and technological advancement, can water provide a viable alternative to land urbanisation? In this book Prof. Jason Pomeroy explores ideas behind self-sustaining communities on water that push towards zero-energy.

  11. The Living Building Challenge - Roots and Rise of the World's Greenest Standard

    The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World's Greenest Standard

    The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World's Greenest Standard delves into the profoundly rigorous certification program recognized by the green design-build movement as the most inspirational and sustainable standard in the world. Author Mary Adam Thomas explores the history and ideas that influenced visionary designer Jason F. McLennan to develop the Challenge, reports on its dramatic launch, illuminates Living Building pioneers and projects, and summarizes the global attention the Standard generated in its first ten years. Dozens of industry notables add their voices to this history, rounding out a rich and engaging overview of the past, present, and highly anticipated future of the Living Building Challenge.

  12. Global Green Infrastructure

    Global Green Infrastructure

    Over the last decade research exploring green infrastructure planning has burgeoned. Transferable green infrastructure messages between locations though are less well established and there remains a visible gap between the conceptual understanding of green infrastructure and its application in practice. Drawing together evaluations of green infrastructure policy-making and practice from across the world Global Green Infrastructure illustrates where successful practices can be identified. Examples from major green infrastructure development areas in the UK, Europe and the USA highlight the variety of investment options that can deliver socio-economic benefits. There is also a growing awareness of the added value of landscape planning in the rapidly developing cities of India and China.

  13. Net Zero Energy Buildings - Case Studies and Lessons Learned

    Net Zero Energy Buildings: Case Studies and Lessons Learned

    Net Zero Energy Buildings presents 18 in-depth case studies of low-energy building that generate as much energy as they consume over the course of a year. Each case study describes the owner's goals, the design and construction process, design strategies, measurement and verification activities and results, and project costs.

  14. Sustainable Building Design

    Sustainable Building Design

    Sustainable Building Design explores outstanding buildings and building designs of the twenty-first century, with an emphasis on the artistry of masters of architecture who came before. By dissecting and analyzing great public buildings of the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, materials, techniques, and methods are discovered.

  15. The Power of Zero - Learning From the World's First Net Zero Energy Buildings

    The Power of Zero: Learning From the World's First Net Zero Energy Buildings

    The Power of Zero showcases the world's leading net zero energy buildings, demonstrating tangible examples, successful strategies, and actual data for developers, designers and contractors to effectively achieve net zero energy performance. Projects include commercial, residential, and institutional buildings, both new and remodeled, in an array of different climates.

  16. The Greenest Building - How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape

    The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape

    The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape takes readers on a private tour through the profoundly game changing Bullitt Center, the first Class A commercial office structure in the world designed and engineered to meet the rigorous demands of the Living Building Challenge.

  17. Eco Living Japan - Sustainable Ideas for Living Green

    Eco Living Japan: Sustainable Ideas for Living Green

    Eco Living Japan presents 19 contemporary Japanese houses which exemplify the most recent trends in sustainable design in Japan. With over 250 photos, drawings, plans and lively, informative text, this sustainable architecture book offers a picture of green living in contemporary Japan and provides inspiration and practical ideas for those creating homes in North America and other 4 season climates. Each project presents different aspects of Japan's current movement toward a more sustainable living environment as well as its focus on fine craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology.

  18. Emotionally Durable Design - Objects, Experiences and Empathy

    Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy

    Emotionally Durable Design presents counterpoints to our 'throwaway society' by developing powerful design tools, methods and frameworks that build resilience into relationships between people and things. The book takes us beyond the sustainable design field's established focus on energy and materials, to engage the underlying psychological phenomena that shape patterns of consumption and waste.

  19. Sustainable Architectural Design - An Overview

    Sustainable Architectural Design: An Overview

    This book is a guide to a sustainable design process that moves from theory, to site and energy use, to building systems, and finally to evaluation and case studies, so you can integrate design and technology for effective sustainable building. Heavily illustrated with charts, tables, drawings, photographs, and case studies, the book shows technologies and concepts integrated into cohesive project types, from small and large office spaces to single and multiuse residences, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and warehouses to demonstrate implementing your designs to meet clients' needs now and for the future.

  20. Promoting Sustainable Living - Sustainability as an Object of Desire

    Promoting Sustainable Living: Sustainability as an Object of Desire

    Moving away from negative portrayals of sustainability, this book identifies the factors that motivate people to aspire towards sustainable living. It introduces the notion of sustainability as an "object of desire" that will allow people not to be scared of the future but rather to dream about it and look forward to a better quality of life. Tracing the history of major changes in our society that have dramatically altered our perceptions, beliefs and attitudes about sustainability, the book analyses the role of communications in persuading people of the benefits of sustainable living.

  21. Upcyclist - Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors

    Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors

    Upcycling goes upscale in this beautiful, elegant, and global collection that showcases what today's designers are creating out of yesterday's materials. Upcycling is the process of transforming seemingly low value items into something new. Today's upcyclists are creating stunning furniture, lighting, and art objects that combine values of superb craftsmanship and design with ideas of how "waste" can be both inspiring and informing. While the environmental and financial benefits of upcycling are readily acknowledged in Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors, the designers and makers profiled show how the practice can result in pieces that are as aesthetically exciting as anything created using only raw materials.

  22. Post-Petroleum Design

    Post-Petroleum Design

    Post-Petroleum Design introduces readers to the most current, state-of-the-art, plastic-and petroleum-free products and projects in industrial design, architecture, transportation, electronics, apparel and more. It explores the motivations for reduced-petroleum design as well as sharing extensive case studies, strategies and objectives of leading post-petroleum designers.

  23. Off the Grid - Re-Assembling Domestic Life

    Off the Grid: Re-Assembling Domestic Life

    Off-gridders' homes are, in many cases, experimental labs for our collective future. The lessons they are learning today about living with renewable energy are the lessons we will all need to learn tomorrow in order to make our lives more sustainable, more respectful toward the environment, and less dependent on non-renewable resources. By taking an intimate look into these families and their homes the authors call the rest of us to question our collective, modern, on-grid way of life.

  24. The Environmental Design Pocketbook

    The Environmental Design Pocketbook

    The Environmental Design Pocketbook places the information you need for sustainable, low energy building design at your fingertips. Packed with diagrams, tools and tips, it cuts through the complex mass of technical data and legislation that faces the designer, and distills all the key guidance into a single reference that is quick, easy to use and points to the facts, figures and performance data that are most important.

  25. Sustainable Building Systems and Construction for Designers

    Sustainable Building Systems and Construction for Designers

    As a practicing architect and an interior designer, author Lisa M. Tucker covers all systems including structural, mechanical, electrical and lighting, plumbing, and interior building systems as they relate to sustainability and interior design. The technical knowledge and vocabulary presented in the text allows interior designers, architects, engineers, and contractors to communicate effectively with each other while collaborating on projects.

  26. Sustainability in Architecture and Urban Design

    Sustainability in Architecture and Urban Design

    Sustainability in Architecture and Urban Design will help you understand the nature of the sustainability problem and show you how to implement your design for a sustainable future. Organized in six parts, the problem, the environment, the residential scale, the commercial scale, the urban scale, and energy sources, the book presents essential information in context, so that you get the full picture.

  27. Sustainable Fashion - New Approaches

    Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches

    Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches aims to provide a source of inspiration for students, designers and companies, and all stakeholders whose interest lies in the area of sustainable fashion. The book presents approaches to fashion that embrace future-oriented value. Several chapters illustrate how effective fashion can be as transformative design or change agent experimentation.

  28. Art Without Waste - 500 Upcycled

    Art Without Waste: 500 Upcycled

    Art Without Waste features 500 upcycled and Earth-friendly designs from cutting-edge designers, illustrators and artists around the world. With a broad scope of alternative uses for discarded items, such as bottle caps, gas cans, and skateboards, the designs featured in this book also explore new uses for sustainable resources such as wood, straw, and paper.

  29. Sustainable Fashion - Past, Present and Future

    Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present and Future

    Sustainable Fashion provides a unique and accessible overview of fashion ethics and sustainability issues of the past, present and future. Employing an expanded definition of sustainability that also considers ethical issues, Farley Gordon and Hill explore each stage of the fashion production cycle, from the cultivation of raw fibers to the shipment of the finished garment. Structured thematically, each of the six chapters is dedicated to the discussion of one major issue, from recycling and repurposing to labor practices and the treatment of animals.

  30. Sustainable Residential Interiors

    Sustainable Residential Interiors

    The Second Edition of Sustainable Residential Interiors addresses cutting- edge processes, strategies, and principles as well as details for in-depth product vetting criteria. Award-winning, leading interior designer Annette Stelmack shares her expertise from the perspective of LEED BuildingDesign & Construction projects, healthy interiors, and chemical sensitivities, addressing principles, strategies and solutions for design practitioners.