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:
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 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 CityPart 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