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"Bold, insightful and inspiring, McLennan has given us a compelling vision of sustainable design in its historical and philosophical context." -- Nadav Malin, Editor, Environmental Building News

"McLennan’s 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

About the Author

Jason F. McLennan is a designer who specializes in sustainable design. Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Jason is the founder and Director of Elements, the green consulting division of BNIM Architects in Kansas City, one of the nation's leading environmentally minded architecture firms. He is also the CEO of Ecotone, which provides educational tools for sustainability and innovative design solutions for the single-family home.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Ecotone Publishing Company LLC; F First Edition edition (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974903302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974903309
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simply put, this book serves up excellent insights into the only future of architecture and the hope for our injured environment... sustainable design. McLennan is more than an author or advocate... he is a deep green thinker who practices on a daily basis what he preaches. Of the many great books available on this subject I found this one the most comprehensive. The Philosophy of Sustainable Design encompassing not only the materials, technologies, and methods available to green designers but it highlights the leaders, champions and innovators who are driving the green building movement forward. This book offers information (and inspiration) for the seasoned and the novice. Read it, share it and read it again!
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Jason is the quintessential green warrior. Young, enthusiastic, exceedingly bright, and seemingly undaunted at the prospect of swimming against the current, Jason shares with us his passion for sustainable design. Having spent the formative years of his career working with the veritable giants of the sustainable design field, Jason shares his unique perspectives and experiences that today's up and coming green warriors can only dream of.

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.
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I came late to bioneering, after I was inspired by Herman Daly's Ecological Economics: Principles And Applications, Brian Czech's Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop them All; and everything by Paul Hawkin, but especially The Ecology of Commerce.

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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This book is the new heavyweight contender of green building titles. If you liked Natural Capitalism by Hawkins and Lovins, you'll enjoy this book. It's more comprehensive and uses facts and figures more judiciously. I'm impressed with the author's courage to make predictions in a chapter on the future of sustainability. This book should be required reading for all architecture students.
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This was used as a college textbook for my class on sustainable design. The professor thought that, since the students asked for some sort of textbook instead of just lectures, that a sustainable book would be best. I liked her idea. This book was much more cost effective then any college textbook I have bought so far, and went well with her lectures. I wish more professors would opt for this sort of book as there are thousands of good books out there that teach the same thing as a $100 text book.

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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