- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: The New Urban Guild Foundation (January 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931871116
- ISBN-13: 978-1931871112
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Original Green: Unlocking the Mystery of True Sustainability Paperback – January 31, 2010
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Color photos on every page illustrate Steve Mouzon's many ideas about how places become sustainable instead of a blight. Even the photos of places Mouzon does not think sustainable are interesting. You must read his explanation to know more about why they are a problem. Scenic photos of people strolling and interacting along various kinds of streets, sidewalks, piazza and patios surrounded by handsome buildings ( small businesses and multiple family residences), are seductive.
The Original Green changed my thinking about sustainability. Being a fierce environmentalist ever since a developer took down a beloved forest ( by all the kids in the Bethesda Maryland suburb in 1954), I have been generally anti-building. My focus the last two decades has been on public transportation, watershed protection and open spaces. Now pressed by "Original Green", I admit people must live and work somewhere. Mouzon has made me look again at civilization and construction, so I can more rationally separate out what will be sustainable, useful and beloved from what will make the "slums of tomorrow" (my term not his).Read more ›
Written in a conversational tone and well illustrated, Steve relates his personal experience of moving toward a more sustainable life by applying the principles outlined in the book.
The images and text per page format makes for an easy read and it was exciting to see the meaning of the images unfold, and learn about the unintended relationship between the Waffle House and Boston City Hall. The recommendations are concise and expansive and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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Great read! I love the concept and wish we had more communities in the USA today that follows these principles.Published 21 months ago by book junkie
Steve Mouzon is a leader in architecture and New Urbanist thought in America and there is much to learn from his insight and experience. Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Rob Coleman
Finally, a book that provides a straight-forward (and quite entertaining) perspective on a topic that affects us all. Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by Larry Garnett