1st Edition

New Directions in Sustainable Design

Edited By Adrian Parr, Michael Zaretsky Copyright 2011
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Foreword Thomas Fisher  Part 1: Principles  1. Letter to the Profession of Architecture Teddy Cruz  2. Art, Politics, and Climate Change Adrian Parr  3.  Interview with Janet Laurence on Public Art and Ecology Adrian Parr  4. The Brunel Lecture Peter Head  Part 2: Ecologies 5. Ecological Modernism and the Making of a New Working Class: Living in a "Cradle-to-Cradle" Master Plan Shannon May  6. Back to the Garden: An ecological history of the Atlantic Yards Marshall Brown 7. Building Recombinant Ecologies: triangulating policy, models, and design Stephen Luoni 8. Ecologies, Assemblages, and the Patchwork City Graham Livesey  Part 3: Resiliences  9. Design from the Ground Up Michael Zaretsky 10. Constructive Dialogue: Community building as a tool of social change Nick Seemann 11. Interview with Durganand Balsavar of Artes-Human Development Center Adrian Parr 12. The Politics Of The Southeast Asian Smog Crises: A classic case of Rentier capitalism at work? Kenneth Surin 13. Designing Resilience: Sustainable design from a complex systems approach Carl S. Sterner  Part 4: Techniques  14. Technique is the Architecture of Sustainability Kiel Moe 15. How is LEED Faring After Five Years in Use? Nancy B. Solomon 16. LEED After Ten Years Michael Zaretsky 17. Interview with Christof Jantzen of Behnisch Architects Michael Zaretsky 18. Reinventing the Wheels Amory Lovins  Part 5: Concepts  19. The Sustainability of Concepts: Knowledge and human interests Claire Colebrook 20. Undoing the Subject: The makings of a sustainable life Jeffrey A. Bell 21. Cultural Symbolizations of a Sustainable Future Roland Faber


    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.

    "In an era when the concept of sustainability in the design disciplines is generally condensed to mean little more than energy efficiency, it is a welcome relief to encounter a compendium of 21 essays that generally avoids such a
    simple definition."
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