- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Island Press; Anv edition (March 31, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597261408
- ISBN-13: 978-1597261401
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,525,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I come back to this almost annually. This is one of those works that has little details that only come out after multiple passes.
The book takes a fairly general approach but there are numerous references for those really interested in pursuing the subject in more depth. He outlines his principles of ecological design which begins with gaining a better awareness of your locality, by looking into the ecological history of your community. Who knows your street may be where a stream once flowed, and that your storm drain in all likelihood flows into your water source, so be careful what you dump into it!
Van der Ryn avoids the cliches and pieces together a compelling set of anecdotes and observations which will open you up the broad field of possibilities. The book is well researched and written, with the valuable assistance of Stuart Cowan, a former student of van der Ryn. It is imperative that we gain a better appreciation of our natural environment before adding any more to our built environment. Sustainable design is our only future.