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The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design

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Does going green change the face of design or only its content? The first book to outline principles for the aesthetics of sustainable design, The Shape of Green argues that beauty is inherent to sustainability, for how things look and feel is as important as how they’re made.

In addition to examining what makes something attractive or emotionally pleasing, Hosey connects
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Hardcover, 216 pages
Published June 11th 2012 by Island Press
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Eric
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hosey's book fills the chasm that often opens up when discussing how beauty and sustainability can coexist in the things we design. I'd argue that even more vital is The Shape of Green's strong, much-needed justification for beauty in design, period, since it is too often marginalized in favor of strict utility and function. (Engineers and software developers, I'm looking at you.) Ironically, Hosey's one major oversight is the book's lackluster design. Such content deserves much, much better.
Terryann
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
the author argues that green design has neglects aesthetics. he's right. man, my hybrid is one ugly car. and believe me, if i could afford a lotus (the only cool looking electric car on the market) i would totally have one, just because it is pretty. the author also argues that if we want greet design to be sustainable, we have GOT to make it more appealing. once again, he's right.
a very interesting read, but be prepared, it is academic.
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