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PreFab Green Hardcover – January 6, 2009
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In Prefab Green, architect Michelle Kaufmann shares her vision of creating thoughtful sustainable design for everyone. Her firm, Michelle Kaufmann Designs, blends sustainable home layouts, eco-friendly materials, and low-energy options to create a "prepackaged" green solution to home design. Kaufmann tells about five eco-principles that are present in every design her firm creates-smart design, eco-materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy environment-and how they work together to create homes that make a difference.
Kaufmann is part of a new generation of architects who are modernizing modular. They are taking the old idea of prefabrication and reshaping it to accommodate modern lifestyles and varying climates as well as a commitment to the environment. Even the small changes we make in our daily lives-as well as the large decisions we make about the kinds of homes we want to live in-can create transformations that will benefit for generations to come.
After receiving her master's degree from Princeton University, Michelle -Kaufmann worked for renowned architects Frank Gehry and Michael Graves. In 2002, she founded Michelle Kaufmann Designs. Michelle's work is widely published and her homes have been showcased in a number of museums, including the -National Building -Museum, the Vancouver Art Center, MOCA in Los Angeles, and Chicago's -Museum of -Science and -Industry. -Michelle lives in Marin County, California.
Cathy Remick is a designer with experience in architecture, graphics, and fine arts painting. She holds a master's-degree in architecture and has worked as a staff architect and designer for several -national firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She is a design manager for -mkStudios. She lives in Orinda, California, with her husband and daughter.
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Cathy Remick is a designer with experience in architecture, graphics, and fine arts painting.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're going to write a book titled *prefab green*, basically you have three challenges. The first is to explain what is *green* construction, the second is to explain what is *prefab* construction, and the third is to explain why you suddenly decided to combine the chocolate and the peanut butter. What bias needs to be overcome, that the title of this book should be immediately and refreshingly shocking, a "whoa!" moment whether you are an architect or not? In short: can prefab be "green"? Heck yes, it can. Now go and read the book to find out how. Or take the shortcut and follow this review for a minute.
Kaufmann iterates five basic principles of ecological design: 1) Smart design; 2)Use of eco-materials; 3) energy efficiency; 4) water conservation; and 5)healthy environment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit outdated but still very good information. Learned some great ideas from the book. Good well written reference book.Published 2 days ago by Bill fisher
This is NOT an informative book, but a repetitive advertisement brochure. Everything in that book I already read from open sources.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Its a just an OK book, more like a big promotions brochure of uninspired architecture than a green design book or source of information.Published 10 months ago by Carlos Pelegrina
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lots of beautiful and thoughtfully designed homes featured throughout. Highly recommend to anyone interested in either topic. -- SLPublished 14 months ago by Steve Lomas
There are tens of prefab building companies in Australia. I would venture to say perhaps more than any where else on the planet. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael Ward
Nice photos, great ideas, and good price for a like new book! Very inspiring for modular ways to do green.Published 18 months ago by Karen Degenhart
I enjoyed this book very much. It's beautiful to look at and full of illustrations. Much useful information and pros and cons of different building materials. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Espavia