266 books — 182 voters
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture” as Want to Read:
The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture
From the arid deserts of Tucson, Arizona to the icy forests of Poori, Finland to the tropical beaches of New South Wales, Australia to the urban jungle of downtown Manhattan, critics Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne have traveled to the farthest reaches of the globe to find all that is new in the design of sustainable, or "green," homes. The result: more than thirty- ...more
Hardcover, 196 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Princeton Architectural Press
(first published January 1st 2005)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
What I liked most about this book was that it organized it's house case studies by climate zones. I enjoy green architecture books but I feel like they often focus on sunny California and Australia. This book did a great job of finding good projects from multiple climates.
I enjoyed several things about this book despite one major area of disappointment. The information on each house seemed very short and scanty. Occasionally there were no floor plans, so it didn't seem like there was enough to adequately describe each structure. I would include a basic floor plan for each floor as well as one section as minimum. They don't have to be big or detailed, but while glossy photographs are nice, they can only show you some ways in which the building works. The photograp ...more
This book provides a variety of out of the ordinary style housing. It provides good floor plans, detailed pictures and specs, and brief descriptions. The write-ups are very specific to these specific buildings. This is not a book that lists different eco-friendly options that you can consider in your own home, but rather a display of what others have done. I recommend New Natural Home: Designs for Sustainable Living by Dominic Bradbury if you're building your home and want ideas of eco-friendly ...more
An interesting book for those interested in current moves in residential architectural design, but honestly, not quite the ideal for those interested in truly efficient forms of living. Most of the houses detailed in this book are simply wasteful in terms of their basic layout -- sure, they have green "features" but they aren't at heart resource-conscience homes.