"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." (Planetizen.com;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)
From the Back Cover
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.