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Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design Paperback – May 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470997789 ISBN-10: 0470997788

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470997788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470997789
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...stuffed full of solid practical advice and fascinating statistics...I would recommend that everybody downs tools until they have read this." (House & Garden, November 2008)

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A highly informative and comprehensive manual on ecological design, Ecodesign demonstrates why our current approach to design and perception of architecture must now change radically if our planet is to have a sustainable future. All our artifacts, from buildings to everyday household products, have some environmental impact and can be viewed as potential waste. Ken Yeang argues for a design that seamlessly and benignly integrates with the natural environment – and shows how this can be achieved. The ultimate aim being, artifacts that can have positive consequences for the environment.

The book gives easy-to-follow instructions, accompanied by numerous illustrations, on how to design, build, manufacture and use green sustainable architecture and products. The goal is a built environment that is a low consumer of non-renewable resources, built with green materials, constructed with minimal negative consequences on the site’s ecology and designed to facilitate disassembly, continuous reuse, recycling and eventual benign reintegration into the ecosystems at the end of its useful life.

Ecodesign emphasises the ecologist’s concept of the ecosystem and how this can impact design and planning. Yeang’s theories, ideas and solutions rank him among the foremost up-to-date thinkers on the subject worldwide.

Aside from designers, Ecodesign is intended as a resource, both theoretical and practical, for academics and students in the discipline and for all those engaged in allied trades and construction who seek to understand and to incorporate green ideas into their working practices. The book provides everyone with a vital guiding framework for changing society’s present profligate, high-energy, environmentally destructive economy into one that is sustainable and eco-based.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Smith on January 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love ken's "rethinking the skyscraper" There is so much description in the diagrams and drawings etc. This book is difficult because there is so much to read and not as many diagrams to explain the ideas. THe ideas are complex and i just wish there was more information to clarify.
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Format: Hardcover
«Ecodesign, a manual for ecological design», is a complex & useful as well as a pleasant & readable book. The approach followed by Ken Yeang and the structure of the book makes it useful for those interested in sustainability as well as professional designers. Premises & strategies --some of them subject of debate-- are presented in a non-dogmatic fashion, allowing the reader to form its own opinion, thus contributing to build new knowledge on the subject. Chapter B, Design Instructions, the core of the book, is precisely a toolbox that guides the reader in a step by step set of directions that assist designers & planners to make the relevant decisions in the ecological design process, far beyond the concept of green buildings. The book has been very useful to us as socioeconomic & regional planners, allowing not also to determine the main guidelines for a regional strategic plan, but also to determine the specific criteria that should be applied in the specific design at the urban & building levels. The book is much more than a useful tool, it is a «landmark» in the field of sustainability, a much needed line of thought in the world of today, if we want to have a world tomorrow.
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By Erin Silva on March 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
No one prints a book this thick with landscape orientation, blue ink and a difficult to read typeface out of some post-apocalyptic movie. I am stunned at such poor graphic design with poor and confusing images. I certainly wouldn't have students buy it.
Architect Erin R Silva
Adjunct Assistant Professor
School of Architecture
Dept. of City & Metropolitan Planning
College of Architecture + Planning
University of Utah
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By Ross Downing on November 28, 2013
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This is a very, very, very, technical book. This volume was a must buy during architecture school and one that I should never have gotten. The book arrived in perfect condition, it is just a book that does not offer much value as a design student.
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By NAYARA ROSA GOMES on April 17, 2013
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This book is very good and I love it!
I liked this book because is complete and have important details about the ecodesign.
It's amazing.
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