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The Philosophy of Sustainable Design
In "The Philosophy of Sustainable Design", Jason McLennan outlines the major ideas and issues that have emerged in the growing movement of green architecture and sustainable design over the last thirty years. This book is intended as a starting point for anyone involved in the building industry on a journey to learn how they can build more responsibly. The book is rooted i ...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Ecotone Publishing Company LLC
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What can I say. This book addresses sustainability in a broad manner and also specifically talks about the built environment. It gives a lot of sources and has really got me thinking about how to solve problems at a higher level rather than focusing one specific topic. It reads well and is a must for anybody that wants to help change the world and make a living doing it.
For the most part I agree with McLennan. The book is in need of editing. There is some unnecessary repetition and passages that would be condensed, though I understand McLennan is an architect, not an author. Scholarship is lacking where citations are needed. In the early chapters McLennan cites "spicyquotes.com", a website that apparently no longer exists. Some points could be expanded where further research would have been beneficial. Nevertheless, this book is mandatory for anyone interested ...more
Don't get me wrong, I'm not particularly well-versed in green architecture, or even architecture in general, but with the little bit of background that I do have, I thought this was a pretty good book. If you have no interest in architecture, then this is not the book for you but otherwise it gives a pretty good overview of current green practice.
Feb 27, 2007 Eli rated it liked it
Recommends it for: interested in sustainable design primer
A good beginning for someone interested in sustainable design, but definitely not an in depth book for those already steeped in the practice of sustainable design. If you want a good general overview this is a great place to start.