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1st Edition

New Directions in Sustainable Design

ISBN 9780415780377
Published August 16, 2010 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Recently there has been a plethora of work published on the topic of sustainability, much of which is purely theoretical or technical in its approach. More often than not these books fail to introduce readers to the larger challenge of what thinking sustainably might entail.

Combining a series of well know authors in contemporary philosophy with established practitioners of sustainable design, this book develops a coherent theoretical framework for how theories of sustainability might engage with the growing practice of design. This book:

  • brings together new and emerging perspectives on sustainability
  • provides cohesive and jargon-free reading
  • articulates the specificity of both theory and practice, to develop a symbiotic relationship which allows the reader to understand what thinking sustainably entails

This volume describes a variety of new ways to approach sustainable design and it equips the next generation of designers with necessary conceptual tools for thinking sustainably.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Part 1: Principles  1. Letter to the Profession of Architecture  2. Art, Politics, and Climate Change  3. Interview with Janet Laurence on Public Art and Ecology  4. The Brunel Lecture  Part 2: Ecologies  5. Ecological Modernism and the Making of a New Working Class: Living in a "Cradle-to-Cradle" Master Plan  6. Back to the Garden: An Ecological History of the Atlantic Yards  7. Building Recombinant Ecologies: Triangulating Policy, Models, and Design  8. Ecologies, Assemblages, and the Patchwork City  Part 3: Resiliences  9. Design From the Ground Up  10. Constructive Dialogue: Community Building as a Tool of Social Change  11. Interview with Durganand Balsavar of Artes-Human Development Center  12. The Politics Of The Southeast Asian Smog Crises: A Classic Case of Rentier Capitalism at Work?  13. Designing Resilience: Sustainable Design from a Complex Systems Approach  Part 4: Techniques  14. Technique is the Architecture of Sustainability  15. How is LEED Faring After Five Years in Use?  16. LEED After Ten Years  17. Interview with Christof Jantzen of Behnisch Architects  18. Reinventing the Wheels  Part 5: Concepts  19. The Sustainability of Concepts: Knowledge and Human Interests  20. Undoing the Subject: The Makings of a Sustainable Life  21. Cultural Symbolizations of a Sustainable Future

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Adrian Parr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati, and a Distinguished Fellow of iCinema at the University of New South Wales. She is the author of Hijacking Sustainability (MIT Press, 2009), Deleuze and Memorial Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2008), and editor of The Deleuze Dictionary (Columbia University Press, 2005) and the co-editor with Ian Buchanan of Deleuze and the Contemporary World (Edinburgh University Press, 2006).

Michael Zaretsky is an Architect, LEED AP and Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design. His practice, research, and teaching engage with issues of public-interest design, humanitarian design, and a holistic approach to sustainable design. He is the author of Precedents in Zero-Energy Design: Architecture and Passive Design in the 2007 Solar Decathlon (Routledge, 2009). He is Chair of the Roche Health Center Design Committee and is presently leading the design of a zero-energy health center for Roche Village in rural Tanzania.