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Ecological Design

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Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan present a vision of how the living world and the human world can be rejoined by taking ecology as the basis for design. Ecological design intelligence -- effective adaptation to and integration with nature's processes -- can be applied at all levels of scale, creating revolutionary forms of buildings, landscapes, cities, and technologies.Th ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Island Press
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Great synopsis of ecological design.
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Recommends it for: Everyone, period.
Recommended to Kassin by: Michael Sammet, teacher
What I learned from this book (and my just-completed Sustainable Design class) is how incredibly UNsustainable my actions are. For as much as I think and talk about it, I realized that other than sewing my socks & clothing, having a recycling bin in my house, and switching to better cleaning products, I really am not doing much. Yes, the five principles of this book (1. Solutions Grow from Place, 2. Ecological Accounting Informs Design, 3. Design With Nature, 4. Everyone is a Designer, and 5 ...more
Lindsay Miller
What a gem! The authors develop a comprehensive picture and promote deep understanding of environmental crisis as design failure, while exploring revamps of industry, agriculture, infrastructure, and architecture following ecological models of material cycling ("waste equals food"), diversity as resilience, self-direction and adaptability, etc. The book is structured nicely into five principles highlighting what makes a truly restorative, integrated, and robust system.

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