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The Philosophy of Sustainable Design Hardcover – June, 2004
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"McLennans graceful and accessible articulation of the underpinnings of sustainable design is jam packed with wisdom, tools and inspiration." -- Gail Vittori, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
"With passion and clarity Jason McLennan has traced the past, present and future of green design." -- William D. Browning, Founder of the Green Development Services at the Rocky Mountain Institute
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A must for any aspiring architect, Jason takes the reader through the entire series of timeless principles that form the very foundation of sustainable design with loads of practical examples and current references to help empower the reader to internalize and apply those principles in their own practice. At the end of our journey, we are convinced that it is the rest of the world that is, in fact, swimming against the current, and we are emboldened and encouraged to follow our instincts, and are reminded that good design not only can, but in fact must be sustainable. He also dedicates an entire chapter to predicting the future of architecture, complete with a timeline for the next 100 years!
Jason specifically reaches out to encourage the next generation of green warriors with a chapter dedicated to understanding the drivers of, and barriers to, sustainable design in today's corporate structures and design firms, giving the reader a helpful "big picture" overview to help recognize the progress of an organization's corporate culture on the path to sustainability, and to better understand how to make a difference.
To complete the package as an essential resource, the appendices include Jason's own "Green Warrior Reading List", & a "Who's Who in Green Design".
A must-read for anyone serious about facilities design in the 21st. century.
I have had an interest in the intersection of global science, sustainable political and social and economic orders, and the vulnerability of the nation-state in the face of growing complexity for some time, and many of my other reviews focus on these literatures, as well as the literatures of collective intelligence, global assemlages, wealth of networks, localized resilience, and so on.
I make mention of that broader literature to add emphasis to my view that this book is one of the most extraordinary I have ever encountered. I made a mistake when I first got it months ago and put it sight unseen into my "hard and dense, save for intercontinental trip." This book is not hard, not dense, and it is both easy to read and intellectually elegant. I can easily see this book as the single mandatory first year or summer pre-reading at any level--undergraduate or graduate--along with contextual books such as:
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I actually read quite a bit more then was assigned in the class because the information in the book was quite interesting, and I hadn't come across many of the designs before. Written in plain language for the neophyte environmental designer in mind, it is a perfect overview of some of the currently available technologies and designs available to put into your own home.
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Full of technical data in sustainable design it was my best reference for my master degree in architectural sustainable design.Published 8 months ago by MAHGOUB
Informational and inspiring, with cool little facts. Short easy read, breeze through the chapters.
Got it for a class, it was a nice supplemental read
The book arrived in brand new condition and was here within days. I am looking forward to diving into The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, right in time for classes to start up... Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Jordan Matthews
My instructor for Intro to the Sustainable Built Environment used this book as our textbook and it was probably the textbook I've learned the most from in any of my classes for any... Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Jocelyn Abruzzese
I have yet to finish this book, but I just want to say that so far it is more inspiring than even some of the Papanek reading that I have done in the past. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Lobsterfrosting