14 March 2007

Green Architecture

This is a general exploration of one of the most complex and important issues of today - how to construct a human habitat in harmony with nature. The chapters include a review of twentieth-century green architecture, a review of eco-oriented shelter from Neolithic times to the present, and a survey of architects who are seeking to change the relationship between buildings and the environment. James Wines knows his subject inside-out, and he is as committed to the idea of socially responsible architecture as his parallels in product design - Victor Papanek and Donald Norman. Like them he refuses to be taken in by design which superficially looks good, but which doesn't work. In fact his study is something of a critique of much modern architecture, with its modish adherence to 'vast expanses of plate glass and cantilevered, tilted, or skewed steel trusses' ... Read more >>


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