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The Green Braid

Towards an Architecture of Ecology, Economy and Equity, 1st Edition

Edited by Kim Tanzer, Rafael Longoria


400 pages

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This volume presents the discipline’s best thinking on sustainability in written, drawn, and built form, drawing on over fifteen years of peer-reviewed essays and national design awards published by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Providing a primer on sustainability, useful to teachers and students alike, the selected essays address a broad range of issues. Combined with design projects that highlight issues holistically, they promote an understanding of the principles of sustainability and further the integration of sustainable methods into architectural projects.

Using essays that alternately revise and clarify twentieth century architectural thinking, The Green Braid places sustainability at the centre of excellent architectural design. No other volume addresses sustainability within the context of architectural history, theory, pedagogy and design, making this book an ideal source for architects in framing their practices, and therefore their architectural production, in a sustainable manner.


'With a broad definition of sustainability in mind, the book delves into how architectural designs can be situated at the crossroads of ecology, economy and equity … The book is rich with examples and case studies that are informative and intriguing.'Cities

Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgments Part 1: The Green Braid: Networked Ways of Knowing 1. The Green Braid: Networked Ways of Knowing Kim Tanzer and Rafael Longoria 2. Architecture, Ecology Design and Human Ecology David Orr 3. A New Social Contract: Equity and Sustainable Development Thomas Fisher 4. Economic Sustainability in the Post-Industrial Landscape Ellen Dunham-Jones 5. Models, Lists and the Evolution of Sustainable Architecture Steven A. Moore Part 2: Meta-Discourses in Pedagogy and Practice 6. Introduction 7. Cyborg Theories and Situated Knowledges: Some Speculations on a Cultural Approach to Technology Barbara Allen 8. We Are No[w here]: A Social Critique of Contemporary Theory Anthony W. Schuman 9. The Hidden Influence of Historical Scholarship on Design Norman Crowe 10. Culture and the Recalibration of First Ring Suburbs William F. Conway and Marcy Schulte 11. Portable Construction Training Center Jennifer Siegal and Lawrence Scarpa 12. One Week, Eight Hours Felecia Davis Part 3: Phenomena and Technology 13. Introduction 14. From l’Air Exact to l’Aérateur: Ventilation and its Evolution in the Architectural Work of Le Corbusier Harris Sobin 15. Unhealthy Energy Conservation Practices Phillip G. Mead 16. Good-bye Willis Carrier D. Michelle Addington 17. The Compass House Thomas Hartman 18. Scupper Houses or the Dogtrot House and the Shotgun House Reconsidered Brian D. Andrews & W. Jude LeBlanc 19. An Affordable, Sustainable House William Sherman 20. Phenomenal Surface: Fog House Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott Part 4: Building Practices 21. Introduction 22. Poetic Engineering and Invention: Arthur Troutner, Architect, and the Development of Engineered Lumber Jonathan Reich 23. Terunobu Fujimori: Working with Japan’s Small Production Facilities Dana Buntrock 24. Making Smartwrap: From Parts to Pixels Karl Wallick 25. Quilting with Glass, Cedar and Fir: A Workshop and Studio in Rossland, BC and Navy Demonstration Project Robert Barnstone 26. Modernism Redux: a Study in Light, Surface, and Volume Grace La and James Dallman 27. Solar Sails: An Installation Mahesh Senagala Part 5: Settlement Patterns 28. Introduction 29. Economy Ecology: A Scenario for Chicago’s Lake Calumet Ellen Grimes 30. Sarajevo: Ecological Reconstruction after the ‘Urbicide’ Srdja Hrisafovic 31. The Suburban Critique at Mid-Century: A Case Study Anthony Denzer 32. I-10 The Gulf Coast States/Mall Housing Brian D. Andrews and W. Jude LeBlanc 33. Community Redevelopment for a Small Town in Florida and Drifting Urbanism Stephen Luoni 34. The Role of Infrastructure in the Production of Public Spaces for the City of Miami Mónica Ponce De León and Nader Tehrani Part 6: The Shared Realm 35. Introduction 36. Architectural Intervention and the Post-Colonial Era: The Tjibaou Cultural Center in New Caledonia by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop Lisa Findley 37. History, Tradition, and Modernity: Urbanism and Cultural Change in Chanderi, India Jyoti Hosagrahar 38. Global Constructions, Or Why Guadalajara wants a Home Depot while Los Angeles Wants Construction Workers Carlos Martín 39. A Raptor Enclosure for the Zuni Pueblo Claude E. Armstrong & Donna L. Cohen 40. Garden of Time; Landscape of Change: Women Suffrage Memorial St. Paul, Minnesota Raveevarn Choksombatchai and Ralph Nelson 41. Unmasking Urban Traces Jeanine Centouri, with Craig Barton, Mildred Howard, James Rojas, Dean Sakamoto

About the Editors

Kim Tanzer is Professor of Architecture at the University of Florida and also maintains an architectural practice in Gainsville.

Rafael Longoria is Professor of Architecture at the University of Houston and a principal of Longoria/Peters, a Houston-based architecture and urban design firm.

About the Series

The ACSA Architectural Education Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching