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1st Edition

Dimensions of Sustainability

Edited By

Andrew Scott, MIT

ISBN 9780419236207
Published January 29, 1999 by Taylor & Francis
158 Pages

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Book Description

This illustrated book gives a comprehensive view of _ contemporary ideas, innovations and emerging attitudes to sustainability that emanated from the MIT symposium. 16 leading contributors with demonstrable track records in architectural practice, engineering and academia give their insights into the way we need to think about architecture in the future in order to work with the environment - instead of against it. Supported by details that relate to specific design or research projects, they clearly suggest a variety of potential directions fo follow to bring environmentalism into the mainstream of architectural discourse. The edited summary of twelve key presentations at an International Design Symposium held at MIT. This book presents an important collection of contributions from key designers with a track record in the field of environmentally conscious buildings. Their contributions respond to a need for a more holistic view on environmentalism, focusing on cultural and social levels as well as technical issues to broaden the debate on sustainable architecture. This book will appeal to a wide range of professionals in the built environment, increasingly concerned with sustainable design.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Andrew Scott. Foreword: Nazli Choucri. Dematerialization, Demobilization, Adaptation: William Mitchell. Fitness, The Evolutionary Imperative: Ian McHarg. Buildings as Engines for Environmental Restoration: Bill Browning. The Evolution of a Naturally Conditioned Building Type: Alan Short. Declaration of Interdependence: William McDonough. The Need and Drive for Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design: Guy Battle & Christopher McCarthy. Concept to Demolition: An Integrated Approach to Sustainability David Richards. Architecture Revisited: On Listening to Buildings: Charles Benton. Addressing the Big Building Crisis in Sustainability: Communities, Infrastructures, and Indoor Environments: Vivian Loftness. Comment: Questioning the Stand-Alone Building: Ellen Dunham-Jones. The Micro-Climate Envelope: Gilles Perruadin. The Skyscraper, Bioclimactically considered: Key Yeang. Ecology in Architecture: Spencer DeGrey. Afterword; Dwelling with the Environment: Roger Stonehouse. Index. Photographic Credits.

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