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The Integral Urban House: Self-Reliant Living in the City 1st Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0871562135
ISBN-10: 0871562138
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The Integral Urban House: Self Reliant Living in the City is a comprehensive guide to achieving a completely sustainable urban lifestyle by creating a mini-ecosystem where residents grow their own fruits and vegetables, raise chickens, rabbits, and fish, recycle 90% of their waste, solar heat their hot water, and use a variety of other alternative technologies-all on a 1/8-acre city lot. Long considered the bible of urban homesteading, this book is the result of four years of living with and refining the systems of the Integral Urban House in Berkeley, California-a collaborative project which combined the collective skills of the members of the Farallones Institute to develop a center for creating and testing experimental, ecologically stable and resource-conserving living systems. With its vision of an intimate connection between the urban habitat and ecological principles The Integral Urban House will inspire and empower people to act within their own communities to create places where they can live more sustainably.

The Integral Urban House: Self-Reliant Living in the City is a magnificent, inspiring record of eco-technically effective intelligent human cooperation… This is magnificent news for humanity. We are on our way.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Civilized cities, nourishing food, renewable energy, closed nutrient cycles ,- these form the vision of this pioneering guidebook. With it we can start to build a new urban culture that is practical, sustainable, inviting and exciting.
- Amory Lovins

(2008-11-12) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sim Van der Ryn has been a teacher, writer, researcher, and practitioner of design for forty years. A leading authority on ecologically sustainable architecture and design, he is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1961. As California's State Architect in the 1970s, he initiated landmark programs in energy-efficient building and environmentally appropriate technologies. His innovative designs for homes, sustainable communities, retreat centers, schools, and commercial buildings have received many awards and been widely published. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: Random House, Inc.; 1st edition (June 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871562138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871562135
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a bible for anyone seeking to live in a community without contributing to the growing crisis in infrastructure provision. It shows in practical terms, illustrated with easily understood sketches and diagrams,and supported by easily read and understood tables, ways to live more independently of, and offer less of a burden to our city. First published in 1974, it was a quarter century ahead of its time. Its time has come.
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Even though this book is older (1970s) it is still pretty valuable. Like other tomes during this time period, it is pretty heavy in its description in order to make it easier for others to copy.

That said, this book really is a starting point. Some of the ideas are not very applicable to now, due to advances in technology and understanding, such as geothermal energy and improvements in solar energy.

I did like how the authors were honest about some of the downfalls of what they built. They don't go much in how to correct them, but it is something that can be researched. For example, they had a problem with flies in the rabbit area, and they brought in chickens to dig around and eat the fly larva in the droppings. I think that problem might be fixed with better screening instead.

Overall, it is a good book and I like how it focuses on making one more self sufficient in an urban setting, which is where most people live. It's not realistic for everyone to give up their jobs and move to the country.
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Had a copy in the 70s but gave it away six years ago. Thinking about building a house and decided to find another copy. It's great, better than I remembered.

Shipper was fast, book arrived in as good condition as listed.
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This is a great book and I hate to ding it but, it is listed as a new book and is not. It is a reprint of a book form the 70's published by the Sierra Club.Good info but VERY dated.
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