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Elements of Sustainable Architecture

1st Edition

By Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez, Laura de la Plaza Hidalgo


368 pages | 594 Color Illus.

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For sustainable architecture to become a reality, the way we design buildings needs to change. Many architects are concerned that sustainable technologies may interfere with a building’s aesthetic appearance and so these are often ‘added on’ once the design process is complete.

Elements of Sustainable Architecture solves this dilemma by helping students to develop the design skills they need to create sustainable buildings – ensuring that ecological considerations are applied throughout the design process. Restoring the primacy of aesthetics and creativity to sustainable design, the book focuses on strategies which have the greatest impact on building design. It also shows the influence sustainability considerations have on choices about aspects such as composition, form, space, tectonics, materials, color, textures, proportion, and position.

Specifically designed to offer a new way of understanding architecture, the book:

  • Introduces students to the basic principles and methods of sustainable design
  • Features current examples and inspiring case studies to support learning step-by-step
  • Presents information in a visually appealing, intuitive, easy-to-understand way
  • Includes over 500 high quality color diagrams, drawings, sketches and photographs

A clear, visual introduction to creating aesthetically beautiful and sustainable buildings, this is essential reading for students on sustainable architecture courses.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1: Territorial and Urban Elements. Introduction to Territorial and Urban Elements. 1. Designing with Climate and Terrain. 2. Designing with Constructed Elements. 3. Designing with Voids. 4. Designing with the Human Factor. 5. Designing with Networks. 6. Designing through Management. Part 2: Natural Elements. Introduction to Natural Elements. 7. Designing with Earth. 8. Designing with Living Elements. 9. Designing with Air. 10. Designing with the Sunlight. 11. Designing with Water. Part 3: Material Elements. Introduction to Material Elements. 12. Designing with Natural Fibers. 13. Designing with Products Derived from Wood. 14. Designing with Metals. 15. Designing with Stone Materials. 16. Designing with Translucent Materials. 17. Designing with Textile Materials. Case Studies. City Council House 2. Modern Education 
and Training Institute. Tara House. Umwelt Arena. Nest We Grow. B01 Malmö Ecocity. Recovery and Transformation of Valdemingómez’s Landfill. Further Reading. Index.

About the Authors

Rosa Urbano Gutiérrez is a Senior Lecturer at the Liverpool School of Architecture, where she teaches design studio and environmental sciences. Her research interest is sustainable architectural design through the exploration of emergent materials and technologies. She holds a PhD from the Madrid School of Architecture, a Master Degree in Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has previously worked as a Research Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her latest book Sustainable Retrofits: Post-War Residential Towers in Britain (with Asterios Agkathidis; 2017) is published by Routledge.

Laura de la Plaza Hidalgo is an Architect and Urban Planner specialized in sustainability. Throughout her professional career she has participated in the design of master plans and the construction of buildings that have obtained the certification of sustainability seals such as LEED or AENOR and has also taught urban planning and sustainable construction at the School of Architecture of the Pontifical University of Salamanca. She holds a Master Degree in Urban Planning from the Carlos III University and another one in Sustainable Cities from the Technical University of Madrid.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design