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An innovative and optimistic look at architecture that hopefully will have a permanent impact on our endangered earth. -- Kirkus Reports, December 1, 2005

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In varying shades of green, Redux features stunning homes that were built or remodeled to be healthier to live in, easier on the environment, more energy efficient and comfortable, and longer lasting than conventionally built homes. Homes showcased span the spectrum of reuse, from places where the recycling story is behind the walls to homes that wear their salvage on their sleeves. Many are eco-sensitive renovations of old or not-so-old houses. Some are green adaptations of buildings or other structures not originally intended to house people. Still others are brand-new homes built with reused materials, from salvaged airplane flaps to discarded billboards. Complete with practical tips and helpful resources, Redux offers a host of solutions for creating a green home with recycled, reused, and environmentally healthy materials. Whether you are remodeling, redecorating, or building from the ground up, you'll find that today's ecological design is diverse, covering the spectrum from cutting edge to traditional, from subtle to in-your-face, from city apartments to suburban dwellings to rural retreats. Jennifer Roberts has spent her career helping people make choices--at home and at work--that are easier on the environment. As a freelance writer and editor she advocates ways in which we can improve our environment and enrich our lives by building better buildings. She has worked as an environmental specialist for a Fortune 500 company and, in the early 1990s, she helped launch San Francisco's first environmental general stores, which introduced consumers to organically grown cotton clothes, energy-efficient lighting, colorful tableware made from recycled materials, and a host of other healthy and environmentally friendly alternatives to everyday household products. Educated at Dartmouth College and Stanford University, she has professional accreditation from LEED, the U.S. Green Building Council program that recognizes expertise in green building practices and principles. She is also the author of Good Green Homes: Creating Better Homes for a Healthier Planet. Roberts lives in San Francisco.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; First Edition edition (October 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586857010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586857011
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,708,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer Roberts is the author of Good Green Kitchens, Good Green Homes, and Redux: Designs That Reuse, Recycle , and Reveal. As a writer, lecturer and consultant, she specializes in ways in which we can improve our environment and enrich our lives by building better buildings and making smarter choices at home and at work. She has written about green buildings and healthy living for publications as varied as Dwell, Professional Builder, Body + Soul and The Financial Times of London. She holds a certificate in urban permaculture design and has professional accreditation from LEED, the U.S. Green Building Council program that recognizes expertise in green building practices. She lives in San Francisco with her partner, their dog, and four chickens. Visit her website at www.jenniferroberts.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Abrams on November 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'll start this review by pointing out that the work of my company is included in this book. But that's also the point of the review. So often, when one's work is featured in a book or magazine or newspaper, the results are subpar and unsatisfying. The work (or one's values, or whatever is being shown or discussed) may be distorted, or poorly reproduced. Not so here. Jennifer Roberts has done a superb job - she has gathered an eclectic collection of projects, assembled them beautifully, and presented them in an immensely compelling and informative way.

The quality of the photos, the layout, and the elegant diversity of projects combine to welcome you in and inspire you to settle down with ithis book for awhile (as I've just done, after first critically reading the segment about us, of course). The "back stories" are a great addition, because through them we get a glimpse into the thinking of the people responsible for the projects.

I'm certain I'll be back for a few more rounds with Redux - it's a wonderful book about the beauty and relevance that can emerge from a fresh look at the scrap heap."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lori Ann on January 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. The writing style is engaging and easy to read. The book is chock-full of information, but always tempered by the practical--perfect for the average person wanting to incorporate environmentally conscious methods in whatever projects are at hand. The featured projects are diverse and inspirational and the green ideas applicable even on a small scale (i.e. how to buy energy efficient appliances). This should be required reading for anyone embarking on a remodel or building project.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jennifer Roberts' REDUX: DESIGNS THAT REUSE, RECYCLE, AND REVEAL features homes which were built or remodeled to be healthier to live in and easier on the environment. Some are newer structures built entirely from recycled materials, while others were renovated to make the most of energy-efficient materials and systems. Practical tips and resources accompany pages packed with color photos, recaps of green features, and discussions of how salvaged materials can even create innovative new styles.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By book worm on July 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book poses an interesting concept in recycling building materials to save the world, if only just a little bit with less refuse. The author gives several examples showing beautiful houses built using this principle with captivating pictures, which is all very nice and fine, however not very useful for the do-it-yourselfer, especially if one has to apply a boric acid solution for a two-year time period to rid the old wood of pests and bugs... It's not very practical until these salvaged building materials are a little more accessible to the general public in a useable condition.

There is a list of resources in the back of the book that can be helpful, advising readers on salvage shops, exchange programs of used items, furniture, etc.

I found this book to be more a showcase of the work of various green architects from around the country. If you're more of a DIY-er, may I recommend Readymade Magazines' book, Ready Made: How To Make (Almost) Everything; A Do-It-Yourself Primer. Some of the projects can be a little silly, but it opens the mind to new channels of creativity, using everyday salvagable objects.
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Format: Hardcover
This book makes garbage look attractive-- or rather shows that what looks like garbage to some people can actually be put to good and attractive use by someone more imaginative. I am not so imaginative fortunately I do know how to plan and build with wood, steel, brick, block, adobe, glass-- you name it. Got it from a library and will buy it for Xmas to help me keep my mind open to opportunities hidden in refuse.
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