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3rd Edition

Places of the Soul
Architecture and environmental design as a healing art

ISBN 9780415702430
Published February 27, 2014 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

For Christopher Day, architecture isn’t just about the appearance of buildings but how they’re experienced as places to be in. Occupants’ experience can differ radically from designers’ intentions as their concerns and thinking differ. Additionally, multi-sensory ambience, spatial sequential experience and embodied spirit resonate in the human soul. Sustainable design means much more than energy-efficiency: if sustainable buildings don’t also nourish the soul, occupant-building interaction will lack care and eco-technologies won’t be used efficiently. This major revision of his classic text builds on more than forty years of experience ecological design across a range of climates, cultures and budgets, and 25 years hands-on building.

Treating buildings as environments intrinsic to their surroundings, the book explores consensus design, economic and social sustainability, and how a listening approach can grow architectural ideas organically from the interacting, sometimes conflicting, requirements of place, people and situation.

This third edition, comprehensively revised to incorporate new knowledge and address new issues, continues Day’s departure from orthodox contemporary architecture, offering eye-opening insights and practical design applications. These principles and guidelines will be of interest and value to architects, builders, planners, developers and homeowners alike.

Reviews of the first edition

... one of the seminal architecture books of recent times

Professor Tom Wooley, Architects Journal

The 'bible' of many architects and those interested in architecture.

Centre for Alternative Technology

... an inspiration to all those who care about the influence of the environment on Man’s health and well-being.

Barrie May, The Scientific and Medical Network

At last an architect has written a sensitive and caring book on the effects of buildings on all our lives.

Here’s Health

This gentle book offers a route out of the nightmare of so much callous modern construction. I was inspired.

Colin Amery, The Financial Times

Table of Contents

Foreword by HRH Prince Charles  Preface 2002: New Millenium: New Issues  Preface 2012: Soul in our eco-crisis age  1. Architecture: Does It Matter?  2. How environment affects us  3. Place: placemaking and place-generation  4. Space for Living In: shape, form, space and life  5. Lines: material realities or bearers of energy?  6. Qualities and Quantities  7. The senses: gateways to the world  8. Light: nourishment for body and soul  9. Spirit of place, of project, of buildings  10. Ensouling Buildings  11. Conversation or Conflict?  12. Architecture as Art  13. Architecture With Health-Giving Intent  14. Healing Silence: the Architecture of Peace  15. Soul or survival?  16. Building for Planetary Health  17. Building for Human Health  18. Design as a Listening Process: Co-creating Places  19. Building as a Health-Giving Process  20. Children and Environment  21. Accessibility for All: Compromise for Soul?  22. Urban life, Urban needs  23. Development: continuity-destruction or place-improvement?  24. Urban problems: urban opportunities  25. Eco-cities: achievable or utopian dream?  26. Building for Tomorrow  Appendix 1. Lazure: inexpensive technique  Appendix 2. Target pricing examples  Appendix 3. Hand-finished Plastering  List of photographs  Bibliography  Index

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Christopher Day is an eco-architect, self-builder and sculptor. He designs buildings in line with the ecological principles of his books and has won several awards, including a Prince of Wales award. A former visiting professor at Queen’s University, Belfast, he has also designed, consulted, taught and lectured in over twenty countries across the world, from California to Siberia, Sweden to New Zealand.