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Most popular Environmentally-friendly architecture & design books

The most popular Environmentally-friendly architecture & design books currently available. Updated weekly.
Julia Watson. Lo-TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism
In an era of high-tech and climate extremes, we are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. Enter Lo-TEK, a design movement building on indigenous philosophy and vernacular infrastructure to generate sustainable, resilient, nature-based technology. With a foreword by anthropologist Wade Davis and spanning 20 countries from Peru to...
Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed
The memoir of a personal housing crisis that led to a discovery of the true value of home, nature and belonging.
Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere
'Addictive ... a charter for wistfulness' Observer<br> <br> 'An enchanting rabbit hole of handmade houses' The New York Times<br> <br> 'The Bible of pared back, natural living' Der Spiegel<br> <br> 'Take a deep breath and let the inspiration sink in' GQ<br> <br> Cabin Porn began as an on-line project created by a group of friends to inspire their own home building. As they collected more photos, their site attracted thousands of submissions from other cabin builders and a passionate audience of more than ten million people. This book is an invitation to slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy the beauty and serenity that happens when nature meets simple craft.
Soft City: Building Density for Everyday Life
A visual and clear guide to building better density to create happier, more livable cities. With foreword by Jan Gehl.
Passive House Details: Solutions for High-Performance Design
Home Upgrade: New Homes in Remodeled Buildings
Renovate: Innovate Reclaimed and Upcycled Dwellings
From converted factories and chapels to cabins built from salvaged wood, this collection of innovative, beautiful, and sustainable dwellings showcases a worldwide trend for upcycling in home design.
Sustainability in Interior Design
The environmental impact of interior architecture and design practice is immense. This book highlights the need for designers to adapt the way they work and relearn lessons that have been lost.
Passivhaus Designer's Manual: A technical guide to low and zero energy buildings
Ecological Urbanism
This is the 4th revised edition of the international bestseller.
Garden City: Supergreen Buildings, Urban Skyscapes and the New Planted Space
A spectacular global survey of the buildings 'greening' the world's cities, whose conception and realization bring architecture and horticulture into a sustainable whole.
Healthy Homes: Designing with light and air for sustainability and wellbeing
BIG. HOT TO COLD. An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation
Through scorching heat to unforgiving chills, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group presents a dazzling round-up of adaptive architecture in extreme environments around the world. In coordination with a major exhibition at the National Building Museum, Washington, 60 case studies show how structures can become holistic ecosystems of both economic and...
Experimental Preservation
Debates on contemporary art and architecture.
Environmental Imagination: Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment
Naturally Animated Architecture: Using The Movements Of The Sun, Wind, And Rain To Bring Indoor Spaces And Sustainable Practices To Life
This video-enhanced book illustrates how the natural movements of sunlight, wind and rain can be used to animate indoor spaces. Based on decades of research confirming our continuing need for contact with nature, the book shows how the natural animation o
Whole Life Costing for Sustainable Building
Wang Shu and Amateur Architecture Studio
A survey of Wang Shu's critical attitude toward overly rationalized architecture
Wood: Living and Working
An illustrated celebration of how wood is used in modern architecture as a thermal and acoustic insulator and to bring warmth and texture to buildings.
Innovative Houses: Concepts for Sustainable Living
Housing is rapidly having to adapt to the global changes of the twenty first century. This book examines the residential design trends that have arisen in response to these challenges.
Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonial Networks, Nature and Technoscience
Architecture in Context: Contemporary Design Solutions Based on Environmental, Social and Cultural Identities
Contemporary design solutions based on environmental, social and cultural identities.
Eco-Visionaries: Conversations on a Planet in a State of Emergency
A unique focus on finding solutions to our changing environment through architecture and design.
Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects
Sustainable environmental control through building design Heating, Cooling, and Lighting is the industry standard text on environmental control systems with the emphasis on sustainable design.
Total Sustainability in the Built Environment
The first textbook in sustainable construction bringing together the whole range of topics from planning through to facilities management in an accessible and engaging way, and complete with illustrations and photographs. Written by experts and including real-world case studies, this book can be used as a core text or across several modules.
Environmental Design Pocketbook
Clay and lime renders, plasters and paints: A How-to Guide to Using Natural Finishes
This book was published as an in-depth guide to the selection, mixing and application of lime and clay based plasters, renders, paints and washes.
Environmental Imagination: Technics and Poetics of the Architectural Environment
'One Planet' Cities: Sustaining Humanity within Planetary Limits
Make Sense: Architecture by White
Design for Biodiversity: A Technical Guide for New and Existing Buildings
Humanitarian Architecture: 15 stories of architects working after disaster
Active House: Smart Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
The book provides an overview of the Active House (AH) vision, intended as a building design method "beyond" the passive approach for buildings of the future that will be more and more connected, smart and innovative.
Creating Urban Agricultural Systems: An Integrated Approach to Design
Passive Solar Architecture Pocket Reference
Sustainable Architecture
This book includes project which take into account the relationship between contemporary architecture and the environment including the social and economic impact of architecture.
Urbanization: Challenge and Opportunity for Soil Functions and Ecosystem Services: Proceedings of the 9th SUITMA Congress
Integral Sustainable Design: Transformative Perspectives
Offers practical and theoretical tools for more effective sustainable design solutions and for communicating sustainable design ideas. This book uses Integral Theory to make sense of the many competing ideas in this area and offers a framework for sustainable designers through perspectives of: Behaviours, Systems, Experiences and Cultures.
101 Rules of Thumb for Low Energy Architecture
Sets out the essential elements of low energy architecture in a fresh, intuitive way. With reliable, simple rules that will provide new ideas and refresh the designer's palette, each page focuses on a single piece of advice along with an illustration. There are also plenty of tips and more detailed information for those who wish to dig deeper.
101 Rules of Thumb for Sustainable Buildings and Cities
Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design
Practical advice and inspiration to ensure urbanists connect with nature in their cities.
Modernist visionary Walter Gropius was founding director of the Bauhaus and pioneer of the International Style. From the Bauhaus School in Dessau, Germany, to the Chicago Tribune Tower, his fundamental tenets of functional beauty and a complete aesthetic environment remain benchmarks for architects, designers, and urbanists alike.
Creating the Productive Workplace: Places to Work Creatively
"First edition published by E & FN Spon 2000. Second edition published by Taylor & Francis 2006."
Building from Tradition: Local Materials and Methods in Contemporary Architecture
Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies
Sustainable Landscape Construction: A Guide to Green Building Outdoors
A timely update to a foundational text on landscape construction.
Architecture and Action
Projects and texts that address architecture's role in taking on complex global challenges including climate change, housing, migration, and social justice.
Green Infrastructure Planning: Reintegrating Landscape in Urban Planning
This useful guide provides an essentialintroduction to green infrastructure for planners, landscape architects,engineers and environmentalists.
Solar Guerrilla: Constructive Responses to Climate Change
Small Eco Houses: Living Green in Style
A showcase of how good design can transform any small space into a comfortable, modern, and environmentally sensitive home.