Sustainable Design Books

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    Reduce Reuse Recycle

    The creative conversion and re-purposing of existing structures is a defining feature of contemporary German architecture. Published for Germany's pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale's Architecture Exhibition, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle looks at this trend through case studies, proposals, statements, reproductions and interviews with architects.

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    Transformational Thought

    Transformational Thought is a collection of McLennan's most compelling essays, boldly reframes topics ranging from urban agriculture to the role of beauty in green design.

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    Architecture Laid Bare!: In Shades of Green

    In the new book Architect Laid Bare! In Shades of Green, veteran architect Robert Brown Butler focuses on taking the mystery out of the challenges of green architecture. The book is packed with practical ways to help people achieve comfort and understanding about the design and construction of their home or office.

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    User Experience in the Age of Sustainability

    User Experience in the Age of Sustainability focuses on the economic, sociological and environmental movement in business to make all products including digital ones more sustainable. The author looks at user experience practice through the lens of sustainability whether it be a smart phone, service - based subscription solutions or sustainable packaging to expose the ways in which user researchers and designers can begin to connect to the sustainability not merely as a theoretical.

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    Greener Products

    Greener Products: The Making and Marketing of Sustainable Brands shares best practices for the design and marketing of greener products. The book examines ecosystem and regulatory pressures as well as market pressures from customers-consumers, business customers, and government purchasers-who have created a demand on manufacturers to bring more sustainable brands to market.

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    Eco Packaging Design

    Eco Packaging Design is a superbly illustrated showcase for some of the most creative and exciting designs and ideas for environmentally-friendly packaging. The book brings together a selection of some of the most creative, exciting, and unique design, ideas, and concepts for eco-friendly packaging from around the world.

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    The Sustainable Building Bible

    The Sustainable Building Bible is an accessible and authoritative guide to sustainable building. The book explains the technologies involved, from air pumps to wind generators and solar panels, helping you to achieve a zero carbon home.

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    What Colour is Your Building?

    What Colour is Your Building? will equip designers, building owners, occupiers, planners and policy makers with the tools and knowledge they will need to make decisions early on about where the big impacts will be in terms of reducing the carbon footprint of the building.

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    Ecological Urban Architecture

    Ecological Urban Architecture: Qualitative Approaches to Sustainability establishes a focus on architectural and infrastructural design approaches to sustainable urban planning. Starting out from a critical assessment of five prototypical eco cities of recent decades, the book identifies fields in which architectural and urban designers can use their creative skills and methods to achieve sustainable results on an urban scale.

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    Towards Zero Energy Architecture

    Towards Zero Energy Architecture: New Solar Design explores the theories, practices, and principles of new approaches to solar architecture that foster both design excellence and low-energy use.

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    Eco Design Outside

    Eco Design Outside: Green Outside the House features 50 ideas and solutions to make the house and its exterior more sustainable and healthier. Featuring 100 color photographs of cutting-edge designs in real-life context with informative captions, house and garden plans, and electrical, water and lighting schematics, the book combines ideas with achievability.

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    Cause and Effect: Visualizing Sustainability

    Sustainability is one of the world's hottest topics, but the way it is visualized and communicated is often outdated. Cause and Effect now reveals a contemporary visual language for sustainability. The book showcases a wide range of original and relevant design approaches that raise awareness for a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.

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    The Shape of Green

    The Shape of Green is the first book to outline a clear set of principles for the aesthetics of sustainable design. In addition to examining what makes something attractive or emotionally pleasing, Lance Hosey connects these questions with practical design challenges.

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    Design Like You Give a Damn 2

    Design Like You Give a Damn 2 is the indispensable handbook for anyone committed to building a more sustainable future. Following the success of their first book, Architecture for Humanity brings readers the next edition, with more than 100 projects from around the world.

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    Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings

    While other books on residential green building are often either superficial or overly technical, Friedman gets it just right, delivering an illustrated, accessible guide for architects, developers, home builders, codes officials, and students of architecture and green design. In each chapter valuable data is assembled and a contemporary project in which designers strove to achieve sustainability while adhering to real-world constraints is featured. The result is a practical guide for every professional in the burgeoning field of residential green building.

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    Green Retail Design

    Green Retail Design showcases LEED certified stores, as well as those that are reusing, repurposing, reclaiming and recycling in other ways.

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    Up-Cycle! features more than 100 up-cycled solutions to design scenarios of every type which completely reinvent a wide array of materials and re-channel their basic qualities into inspired new projects from furniture to outdoor installations to clothing. Projects featured include Australian design studio Lightly's interception of used car tires that turns the tires into lounge chair furniture by crocheting around them in unique and colorful nylon patterns; a reinvention of discarded glass vases, jugs, bowls, and mugs into sculptural chandeliers by Utrecht-based designers Atelier Remy and Veenhuizen; Israeli-based Reddish Studio's reinvention of discarded chair, stool, and table legs into the base of new desk lamps, and Miami artist Agustina Woodgate's animal skin rugs which focus on abstracted colors and patterns hand-sewn out of disassembled, pre-loved stuffed animal toys.

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    Industry of Nature

    Created in co-operation with the French material library materiO, Industry of Nature: Another Approach to Ecology is a book on mimicking nature to create sustainable designs.

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    The Sustainable Sites Handbook

    The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITESTM) is transforming land design, development, and management practices across the United States with the first national rating system for sustainable landscapes. The Sustainable Sites Handbook features comprehensive and detailed information on principles, strategies, technologies, tools, and best practices for sustainable site design. Contributors to this book are some of the same experts that carefully shaped the SITES rating tool, ensuring thorough coverage of the broad range of topics related to sustainable site design.

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    Sustainable Renovation

    This forward-looking and insightful guide explores how the sustainable renovation of existing buildings presents great opportunities for initiating extensive changes in the performance of the built environment. Great examples of existing building upgrades are examined, illustrating how to do sustainable renovations, along with current design approaches for radically improving the functionality of existing prewar, postwar, and late modern buildings. Sustainable Renovation saves its key focus for institutional and commercial buildings, but discusses the challenges they pose within a global scope that encompasses all building practices.

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    Eco-Urban Design

    Eco-Urban Design focuses on the unprecedented challenges currently faced by architects and designers. In a world where climate change, diminishing natural resources and an increasing global population have become indisputable facts of life there is now a rising demand for evolved buildings that no longer endanger the Earth's fragile ecological systems. This book endeavours to tell the positive side of the story by featuring considered design solutions provided by the world's most innovative architects and engineers.

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    Sew Eco

    Sew Eco is a unique how-to book which guides a whole new generation of savvy crafters in making beautiful wardrobe and home furnishing creations from unusual eco-friendly recycled or vintage fabrics.

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    Material Change

    Material Change is the story of architect and entrepreneur Eve Blossom, who built her design business, Lulan Artisans, on a framework of ecological, economic and social sustainability.

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    The Little Book of Shocking Eco Facts

    The Little Book of Shocking Eco Facts combines up-to-the-minute data about today's most urgent ecological issues, sourced and compiled by two highly respected geographers, Mark Crundwell and Cameron Dunn, with outstanding graphic imagery created by the award-winning Barnbrook Design studio. This revelatory book enumerates the most important issues facing our natural world by delivering information gleaned from the world's most authoritative sources with visually arresting imagery that will shock and inspire the reader.

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    Urban Green: Architecture for the Future

    Sustainable design is booming, but the men and women dedicated to reducing their carbon impact have lost sight of what they are trying to save: the natural world. Author Neil Chambers has been at the forefront of cutting-edge, sustainable architecture for years, and Urban Green is his revolutionary vision for bringing the power of the conservation and design movements together.

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    Green Graphics

    In a world of extremes and overly simplified messages, it can be difficult to transmit information about ecology, with its complex discourses that are often unattractive to consumers. Green Graphics is a compilation of various graphic communication designed to promote a more sustainable lifestyle and warn about the risks of pollution, the loss of biodiversity, the dangers of climate change, etc.

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    New Directions in Sustainable Design

    Recently there has been a plethora of work published on the topic of sustainability, much of which is purely theoretical or technical in its approach. More often than not these books fail to introduce readers to the larger challenge of what thinking sustainably might entail. Combining a series of well know authors in contemporary philosophy with established practitioners of sustainable design, this book develops a coherent theoretical framework for how theories of sustainability might engage with the growing practice of design.

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    New Natural Home

    New Natural Home features inspirational houses from around the world. This carefully considered publication provides the design inspiration to build and live in domestic spaces in a balanced, natural, sustainable way. The book includes case studies and plans, a directory of architects, and a listing of featured houses, materials, and useful products.

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    The Sourcebook of Contemporary Green Architecture

    Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs, drawings, floor and aerial plans, The Sourcebook of Contemporary Green Architecture features today's most noteworthy environmentally-friendly architectural projects.

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    Sustainism is the New Modernism

    Michiel Schwarz and Joost Elffers' Sustainism is the New Modernism declares the dawn of a new cultural era, as we transition from modernity to sustainity - towards a world that is more connected, more localist, more digital and more sustainable.