The Natural House Book
, first published in 1989, originated the phrase "natural house" and established the presence of the Green movement in home design. Author David Pearson has updated and expanded this eco-aware homebuilder's classic with new resource listings, a new photo-essay in the introduction, and revised text describing the latest and best developments in natural construction.
The first part of the book deals with the interaction between the home and the external environment, the second part with the home's components, and the third part with the design of the living space itself. Throughout the book, well-drawn illustrations and numerous photographs show how enlightened home design makes Green living easier by encouraging builders and residents to take advantage of natural light and heat. They're also a powerful tool for convincing those who might not yet be committed to natural living, as many of the homes are luxurious and warm looking. (The natural bathrooms are so beautiful and comfortable, one can only wonder why anyone settles for the prefab "luxury master baths" that the construction industry pushes on new homebuilders.) It's truly a book that takes a larger view, appealing not only to those with fewer resources who have always wanted to live simply, but also to those who can afford to live where they want, in effect saying to them, "Our way is better--for the environment and for you."
About the Author
David Pearson DIP ARCH (HONS) MCRP, RIBA, is an architect and planner who has been actively involved in inner city and new community housing for most of his working life in Britain and the USA. Since the 1980s he has been active in the fields of ecological design and Gaia philosophy (inspired by the view of the Earth as a living organism). With degrees from both the University of London and the University of California, Berkeley, he works, lectures, and travels widely. David Pearson is Founder and Chair of the Trustees of the Ecological Design Association, an educational charity, and Editor of Eco-Design,
the Association's journal. As Managing Director of Gaia Environments Ltd, he has been architectural consultant on a range of exciting projects. He is also a Founder Member of Gaia International, an innovative group of international eco-architects who collaborate in competitions and architectural events.