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The book rings clear with the sentiment that through understanding the environmental importance of their decisions, architects can continue their practice while doing their part to save the planet. (Form: Pioneering Design)

Carl Stein has produced an elegant piece of work...In this highly accessible book, replete with lucid conceptual explanations and practical case studies, Mr. Stein drives home the point that with a little more art and a good understanding of the science, his profession can do its part in saving the planet. (Kevin J. Healy, partner and environmental lawyer with Bryan Cave, LLP)

In his examination of the nexus of modern architecture, sustainability, and preservation, Carl Stein has presented a timely, thoughtful, and compelling argument for the reintegration of these movements. He argues most persuasively in favor of adaptive reuse of buildings as a leading sustainability strategy. As he makes his case, we come to more fully understand the central role of energy–both operating and embodied–as the ultimate common currency for real estate decision-making. (Hillary Brown, FAIA, professor, City College of the City University of New York)

[A] beautiful book.... reading Greening Modernism will be time well spent.... [P]resents a way forward where sustainable design becomes more than just about efficiency and quantitative analysis... (Sensing Architecture)

This book, which is accessible to architects and nonprofessionals alike, makes clear that the values of sustainability are not limited to complete buildings, but include the responsible consumption of finite resources going into their construction. (Hamilton Smith, FAIA, partner, Marcel Breuer and Associates)

[A]n excellent introductory text for undergraduate architecture students outlining the scale of our energy problems and a path to socially-responsible building methods. (Alan Michelson - ARLIS/NA Reviews)

[W]ell illustrated and visually attractive... (RIAS Quarterly)

About the Author

Carl Stein is an architect and principal of Elemental Architecture LLC in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (November 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393732835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393732832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,623,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Stein, FAIA, has pursued architectural practice in tandem with research throughout his career. His research, exploring both built work and planning, has focused on energy efficient design, historic reconstruction and their relationship to establish a contemporary architectural vocabulary. Mr. Stein is nationally recognized for his contributions to the field of sustainable design and is committed to a robust and modernist understanding of its practice.

For his achievements, Stein has received numerous awards including the New York Society for Architects Lifetime Architectural Achievement Award, membership to the prestigious College of Fellows as well as the Earth Day Top Ten Award from the American Institute of Architects and the Presidential Award for Design Excellence.

Mr. Stein is the author of many pioneering works on 'green' architecture, such as Energy Conscious Architecture; the first in a series commissioned by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and has chaired the National AIA Energy Professional Development Task Force. His forthcoming book from W.W. Norton and Company Greening Modernism addresses the interrelationships between sustainability, architectural preservation, and the Modern movement and places these issues into historical perspective. Published in The New York Times and Progressive Architecture, Mr. Stein also lectures worldwide and has served as consultant for the US Supreme Court, US Department of Energy and the New York State Council for the Arts. Including a five-year term as Professor at The City College of New York School of Architecture, Mr. Stein sees need to bring a rational design sensibility to professionals, academics and public alike.

Carl Stein studied architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art and at Harvard University Graduate School of Design after completing undergraduate studies in physics at Middlebury College. Prior to founding Elemental Architecture LLC, Mr. Stein worked for Marcel Breuer Associates from 1968 to 1971 and Richard G. Stein from 1971 to 1977. In 1977 he formed The Stein Partnership with Richard Stein followed by Stein White Architects and Stein White Nelligan Architects. Mr. Stein is licensed to practice architecture in numerous states and is a LEED Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
GREENING MODERNISM: PRESERVATION, SUSTAINABILITY, AND THE MODERN MOVEMENT comes from an author nationally renowned for his contributions to sustainable design. Here he identifies and argues for sustainability factors inherent in Modern design, identify ideas key to modern ecological thinking and teaching the basics of engineering, planning and building-upgrade projects. From relationships between design and technology to the history of sustainability over the course of architectural history, this is a pick for any college-level architecture collection.
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