1st Edition

Alternative Learning Environments

Edited By Gary J. Coates Copyright 1974

    Originally published in 1974, this volume presents viable alternatives to traditional attitudes and practices in environmental design and education. It contains 29 selections that reflect the thought and actions of leaders from many diverse disciplines and professions. Architects, landscape architects, urban planners, teachers and administrators, psychologists and social theorists address themselves to controversial and important issues facing our post-industrial society. The range of subjects explored in the volume is far-reaching:

    • Environmental education in which the art of planning and designing itself becomes the curriculum
    • Advocacy planning and community participation in both educational and design decision making
    • Alternative educational institutions, ranging from community-centered schools and mobile schools to non-school learning networks that distribute the learning activity throughout the fabric of the city and the lifetime of the learner
    • New developments in systematic design methods and evaluation research that promise to make the design process more public and responsive to the user-client

    Introduction. Part 1: Vision 1. Future Images, Present Possibilities Revisioning Nature, Self, and Society Gary J. Coates 2. Sharing Smaller Pies Tom Bender Part 2: Expression Introduction to Contemplative Community Richard Baker-roshi 4. Resettling the Shakers: The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY Elizabeth Rechtschaffen Introduction to Rural New Towns 5. Rural New towns for America Shimon S. Gottschalk 6. Cerro Gordo: Future Residents Organize to Plan and Build an Ecological Village Community Christopher Canfield Introduction to Urban Decentralization 7. Self-Reliant Cities: The Rise of the New City-States David Morris 8. Self-Help Housing and the Cities: Sweat Equity in New York City Michael Freedberg 9. Community-Controlled Economic Development and Environmental Enhancement: The Case of the Whiteaker Neighbourhood, Eugene, Oregon Daniel Goldrich, Maureen Good, Steve Greenwood and Jim McCoy 10. Beyond Solar: Design for Sustainable Communities Peter Calthorpe with Susan Benson 11. Urban Agriculture: A Strategy for Transition to a Solar Society William and Helgar Olkowski 12. The Cheyenne Community Solar Greenhouse Gary M. Garber 13. The David Experience Marshall Hunt and David Bainbridge 14. The Appropriate Technology Vision and the Future of Our Communities Dennis R. Holloway Introduction to Biotechnology and Regional Integration 15. Goals for Regional Development Peter van Dresser 16. A Renewable Energy Future for Franklin County, Massachusetts David Pomeranz 17. Strategies for Bioregional Food Systems George Burrill and James Nolfi 18. Agricultural Landscapes: Strategies Toward Permanence Earle A. Barnhart 19. New Roots for Agriculture Wes Jackson Part 3: Reflection 20. Energy, Eco technocracy and Ecology Murray Bookchin 21. Planning and the Paradox of Conscious purpose Gary J. Coates.


    Professor of Architecture emeritus Gary J. Coates has long been recognized nationally and internationally as a leading voice in the movement to create socially, technologically and ecologically sustainable buildings, towns, cities and bioregions.

    Coates’ contributions have been recognized with numerous awards. At Kansas State University, where he taught for 45 years, Coates was selected as the inaugural Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair. He has received national awards from the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) for his innovative courses on sustainable and regenerative design. Coates was chosen as an ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture for a lifetime of "sustained creative achievement" through teaching, research, scholarship and service.

    Professionally, Coates has consulted on town planning and architectural design projects, and collaborated with colleagues to help create a number of international professional organizations including: the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA); the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU); the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) and; the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum (ACSF).