- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: The New Urban Guild Foundation (January 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931871116
- ISBN-13: 978-1931871112
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Original Green: Unlocking the Mystery of True Sustainability Paperback – January 31, 2010
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Steve is also a principal of Mouzon Design, which produces a number of town-building tools and services. His house plans have been featured repeatedly as Home of the Month in Southern Living and Coastal Living. Steve is Town Architect at several new hamlets, villages and neighborhoods around the country, using a unique method that communicates principles, not just particulars. Mouzon Design's Premium Tools Collection is a subscription service to robust new place-making tools that heretofore were unaffordable when commissioned by a single development. A Living Tradition is a framework for a new type of pattern book that is principle-based instead of taste-based, and therefore contributes to the creation of new living traditions.
Steve has authored or contributed to a number of publications in recent years, including Biltmore Estate Homes (Southern Living), Architectural Elements: Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill), 1001 Traditional Construction Details (McGraw-Hill), Traditional Construction Patterns (McGraw-Hill), Gulf Coast Emergency House Plans, A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Central Gulf Coast], and the award-winning A Living Tradition [Architecture of the Bahamas]. Steve is also continuing to shoot new editions of his Catalog of the Most-Loved Places. The Catalog typically includes every structure built before about 1925 in various historic towns or districts. There are currently dozens of volumes in the Catalog with several more soon to be released. The Catalog began in the American South, but has expanded in scope to include notable Most-Loved Places in Europe, North America, and Central America. Steve lectures frequently across the country and abroad. He is a board member of INTBAU-USA, and is the author of the Original Green Blog and the Useful Stuff blog. His Original Green Twitter stream is @stevemouzon.
Top Customer Reviews
Color photos on every page illustrate Steve Mouzon's many ideas about how places become sustainable instead of a blight. Even the photos of places Mouzon does not think sustainable are interesting. You must read his explanation to know more about why they are a problem. Scenic photos of people strolling and interacting along various kinds of streets, sidewalks, piazza and patios surrounded by handsome buildings ( small businesses and multiple family residences), are seductive.
The Original Green changed my thinking about sustainability. Being a fierce environmentalist ever since a developer took down a beloved forest ( by all the kids in the Bethesda Maryland suburb in 1954), I have been generally anti-building. My focus the last two decades has been on public transportation, watershed protection and open spaces. Now pressed by "Original Green", I admit people must live and work somewhere. Mouzon has made me look again at civilization and construction, so I can more rationally separate out what will be sustainable, useful and beloved from what will make the "slums of tomorrow" (my term not his).Read more ›
Written in a conversational tone and well illustrated, Steve relates his personal experience of moving toward a more sustainable life by applying the principles outlined in the book.
The images and text per page format makes for an easy read and it was exciting to see the meaning of the images unfold, and learn about the unintended relationship between the Waffle House and Boston City Hall. The recommendations are concise and expansive and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Although the book concentrates on the effects of urban sprawl and poorly conceived architecture, he also presents an extremely thoughtful explanation of the difference between our society's obsession with increasing our "standard of living" while often disregarding the more important "quality of life."
As a residential designer and New Urbanist, I think Steve's book is perhaps the most relevant work to date regarding the issues of sustainability. However, each individual who has even the slightest concern for our environment and our way of life will be inspired by his writing and motivated to pursue his practical solutions. After all, as Steve so eloquently explains, for our civilization to really make a difference, it takes us all.
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A solid book with a clear outline, I would recommend this book to people interested in alternatives to our current solutions to sustainability. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Julie B
Great read! I love the concept and wish we had more communities in the USA today that follows these principles.Published 17 months ago by book junkie
I took a class in environmental design and this was a secondary reading. I liked it so much that I bought one for myself and one for my son. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Lucky Lady