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Ecological Design Paperback – November 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-1559633895 ISBN-10: 1559633891 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1st edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559633891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559633895
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With vision and coherence, Van der Ryn and Cowan lay the basis for a new philosophy and practice of design. Ecological Design expands and enriches the nexus of human and natural systems."
(Amory B. Lovins Rocky Mountain Institute)


"An elegant introduction to the field of ecological design. This ground-breaking book will change the way we think about buildings, agriculture, industrial processes, and our management of resources and wastes."
(Alex Wilson Editor and Publisher, Environmental Building News)


"…Ecological Design is one of the most important design books in the past few years. It is a ground-breaking book that will change the way we think about buildings, agriculture, industrial processes, and our management of resources and wastes."
(Environmental Building News)


"Visionary…. Van der Ryn and Cowan delight in showing us each detail of transforming both consciousness and substance from 'dumb design' (environmentally wasteful) to ecological design."
(The San Francisco Chronicle)


"…an elegant and readable book that ought to become a required text in architecture and planning schools…"
(Urban Ecologist)


"Ecological Design...is not a book about things, but rather one about systems, patterns, context, integration, and ultimately about vision, which is where good design begins. To say that Ecological Design deserves a large readership in the late years of the twentieth century is a bit like saying that folks on the Titanic needed lifeboats."
(David Orr Whole Earth Review)
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More About the Author

Sim Van der Ryn has been a teacher, writer, researcher, and practitioner of design for forty years. A leading authority on ecologically sustainable architecture and design, he is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1961. As California's State Architect in the 1970s, he initiated landmark programs in energy-efficient building and environmentally appropriate technologies. His innovative designs for homes, sustainable communities, retreat centers, schools, and commercial buildings have received many awards and been widely published.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on February 9, 2004
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A new benchmark in ecological awareness. Sym van der Ryn has long been practicing ecological design, and draws on his wealth of experience to give readers many valuable insights into this growing practice. Van der Ryn warns readers to separate the wheat from the chaff as there are many persons claiming to be toeing the line when it comes to sustainable design, but few are actually doing it. What is needed is a whole new approach to eco-friendly architecture and planning development, not just more band-aids.
The book takes a fairly general approach but there are numerous references for those really interested in pursuing the subject in more depth. He outlines his principles of ecological design which begins with gaining a better awareness of your locality, by looking into the ecological history of your community. Who knows your street may be where a stream once flowed, and that your storm drain in all likelihood flows into your water source, so be careful what you dump into it!
Van der Ryn avoids the cliches and pieces together a compelling set of anecdotes and observations which will open you up the broad field of possibilities. The book is well researched and written, with the valuable assistance of Stuart Cowan, a former student of van der Ryn. It is imperative that we gain a better appreciation of our natural environment before adding any more to our built environment. Sustainable design is our only future.
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Everyday sightings in nature can be the basis for the designs we "create." This is especially true in the field of architecture and I am enjoying the book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Clemenson on July 10, 2008
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This was a great book. I received the books within a few days even though I had selected ground shipping. I would recommend to anyone with an interest in "green" building and design.
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19 of 32 people found the following review helpful By T. Plauche on July 5, 2000
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This book is a good intro to the "why" of ecological design. It gives its informatiion in a non-technical way and explains the reasons we should approch design this way. I recommend it for all those involved with land and building design and development.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Josh on September 27, 2011
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This product was sent to me in worse condition than described. There was frequent underlines, highlights, and annotations that were not described at all in the products online description. I choose, based on this discovery, not to order from this company again.
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