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Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning Hardcover – May 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0471709534 ISBN-10: 0471709530 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471709530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471709534
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the case of the new book "Sustainable Design", the intendedreader is likely an architect new to sustainability, looking tofollow up the HOK book. Williams serves them well with anauthoritative introduction to key defining sustainable versus greendesign." (Architectural Record, November 2009)

"Williams, a noted architect and planner, looks at theapplicability of sustainable design at all scales - from the regionto the community to the building. The major outcome of this book isa well-reasoned argument for a drastic renovation of the way designis taught, considered and performed." (;1/29/08)

"…the intended reader is likely an architect, new tosustainability…in that respect, Williams serves them wellwith an authoritative introduction to key issues and terms, mostnotably a persuasive argument defining sustainable versus greendesign." (Architectural Record; 10/2007)

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Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Design

"Daniel Williams's Sustainable Design is . . . a thoroughlypractical call for the design professions to take the next stepstoward transformation of the human prospect toward a future that issustainable and sustaining of the best in human life lived inpartnership not domination."
—From the Foreword by David W. Orr, the Paul SearsDistinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics andChair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College

"In this pioneering book, Daniel Williams provides the sort ofintelligent, thoughtful, experienced insights that—iffollowed—will ensure that we make the right choices. Itshould be on the desk of every architect in the world."
—Denis Hayes, president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation andcoordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970

Architects identify "sustainability" as the most importantchange in the future of their profession. Sustainable Design:Ecology, Architecture, and Planning is a practical,comprehensive guide to design and plan a built environmentcompatible with the region's economic, social, and ecologicalpatterns.

In this book, Daniel Williams challenges professionals torethink architecture and to see their projects not as objects butas critical, connected pieces of the whole, essential to humanhealth as well as to regional economy and ecology. Comprehensive inscope, Sustainable Design answers key questions such as:

  • How do I begin thinking and designing ecologically?

  • What is the difference between "green design" and "sustainabledesign"?

  • What are some examples of effective change I can make that willhave the most impact for the least cost?

Written for architects, planners, landscape architects,engineers, public officials, and change agent professionals, thisimportant resource defines the issues of sustainable design,illustrates conceptual and case studies, and provides support forcontinued learning in this increasingly central focus ofarchitects' and urban planners' work.

Williams's book features winning projects from the first decadeof the AIA's Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten awardprogram.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PKAHN on April 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A powerful call for an ecological approach to sustainable design that guides us through the philosophic foundation to sustainable design - not "green wash". The discussion on the need for large scale actions and particularly watershed protection is quite powerful.
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The text provides a fresh new approach on how to look at sustainable design and how much design matters. Everything addressed by Williams is practical, maintainable, very well thought out, and appropriately delivered.

Part 2 (Top Ten Green Projects) provides application of ideas, methods, and theories to real-life situations that are helpful for planning and designing.
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Its full of theory and some get out of point of architectural design but sometimes there are helpful questions for researchers and the answer of this question is sustainable design .
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