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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.

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)
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,233,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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