"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…"
"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."
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
(David Orr Whole Earth Review)