Design for Sustainability: A Sourcebook of Integrated Eco-logical Solutions

Janis Birkeland 
Earthscan  2002  

Hardback  288pp  ISBN 9781853839009      £95.00

Softback  288pp  ISBN 9781853838972      £35.00

In a crucial transition from short term environmental management to long term systems design, ecological principles and concepts are becoming increasingly integrated into our everyday lives, influencing where and how we live. Design for Sustainability is an inspiring, radical and detailed collection of the eco-solutions that can be applied to a range of design challenges.

The ideas on offer integrate social, political and economic factors, and promise a substantial reduction of resource use. Their application not only benefits the environment but also improves overall quality of life, raising standards of health and bringing about greater social and environmental equity. Soon buildings could emulate nature, purifying air and water, generating energy, producing food and treating sewage.

The sourcebook presents examples of integrated systems design by many of the foremost designers in the fields of industrial design, materials, housing design, urban planning and transport, landscape and permaculture, and energy and resource management. They cut across traditional boundaries to move towards a new transdisciplinary approach to environmental and social problem solving. This invaluable reference and teaching resource for practitioners and academics includes informational boxes, sets of questions and useful exercises, and pairs of short readings providing diverse perspectives to compare, contrast and debate.


Chapter Outlines

Section 1: Designing Eco-solutions
1.1 Education for Eco-innovation
1.2 The Centrality of Design
1.3 Green Philosophy
1.4 Responsible Design

Section 2: The Concepts of Growth and Waste
2.1 Limits to Growth and Design of Settlements
2.2 Redefining Progress
2.3 Designing Waste
2.4 Designing for Durability

Section 3: Industrial, Urban and Construction Ecology
3.1 Industrial Ecology
3.2 Urban Ecology
3.3 Construction Ecology
3.4 Pollution Prevention by Design

Section 4: Design within Complex Social Systems
4.1 Complexity and the Urban Environment
4.2 Unified Human Community Ecology
4.3 The Bionic Method in Industrial Design
4.4 Green Theory in the Construction Fields

Section 5: Permaculture and Landscape Design
5.1 Permaculture and Design Education
5.2 The Sustainable Landscape
5.3 Place, Community Values and Planning
5.4 Playgardens and Community Development

Section 6: Values Embodied in and Reinforced by Design
6.1 Urban Forms and the Dominant Paradigm
6.2 Models of Ecological Housing
6.3 Marketing-led Design
6.4 Gender and Product Semantics

Section 7: Design for Community Building and Health
7.1 ESD and 'Sense of Community'
7.2 Sustainability and Aboriginal Housing
7.3 Indoor Air Quality in Housing
7.4 Beyond the Chemical Barrier

Section 8: Productivity, Land and Transport Efficiency
8.1 Greening the Workplace
8.2 Sustainable Personal Urban Transport
8.3 From Sub-urbanism to Eco-cities
8.4 Density, Environment and the City

Section 9: Design with Less Energy Materials and Waste
9.1 Living Technologies
9.2 Housing Wastewater Solutions
9.3 Autonomous Servicing
9.4 Timber Waste Minimisation by Design

Section 10: Low-impact Housing Design and Materials
10.1 Earth Building
10.2 Strawbale Construction
10.3 Bamboo as a Building Resource
10.4 Hemp Architecture

Section 11: Construction and Environmental Regulation
11.1 Legislative Environmental Controls
11.2 Economic Instruments
11.3 Building Codes and Sustainability
11.4 Assessing Building Materials

Section 12: Planning and Project Assessment
12.1 Planning for Ecological Sustainability
12.2 Bioregional Planning
12.3 Environmental Management Tools
12.4 Limits of Environmental Impact Assessment


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