Good books…

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    Ryan A. Waggoner
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    Just got the reading bug again and I’ve recently finished Cradle to Cradle and Silent Spring. Both great books and I’m wondering why it took so long for me to pick them up. But now I’m looking for more, and I was wondering if there were any other great reads out there I’m missing. Maybe ones that focus more on DESIGNING for sustainability. Any ideas?

    #173992

    Roland Beinert
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    Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development by John Lyle, Permaculture Designers Manual by Bill Mollison (find a library copy if you can since it costs a lot to buy), Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs is one I reccommend, though it’s not focused on designing for sustainability (It always surprises me how few people have read it, and how they all seem to think that the only point she made was that we should have windows facing the street.)

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    nca
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    I was entertained by James Howard Kuenstler’s books on suburbia and design, though I’m not sure I got much out of them besides cynicism.

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    Andrew Spiering
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    Check out some of the books we have in the Land8 Bookstore. We have a section on Sustainable Design that has some enticing selections … http://www.land8lounge.com/bookstore

    Also, there are a few book reviews in the Blogs section that are worth checking out… http://www.land8lounge.com/profiles/blog/list?tag=book+reviews

    Hope this helps!

    #173989

    Marc C.Dick
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    Try:
    DEEP ECONOMY by Bill McKibben,
    HUMAN SCALE by KirkpatrickSale
    GREEN DEVELOPMENT:INTEGRATING ECOLOGY AND REAL ESTATE by Rocky Mountain Institute
    THE ECOLOGY OF COMMERCE by Paul Hawken
    THE PRACTICE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Douglas R. Porter, editor for ULI
    TOWARD SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES by Mark Roseland

    #173988

    Jay Neely
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    I’ve had World Changing on my shelf since early last year, and it continues to provide inspiration. It’s a pretty massive tome, that manages to be both informative and actionable.

    #173987

    shweta mhatre
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    try Jared Diamond’s – Collapse

    #173986

    Ryan A. Waggoner
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    Yes, I’ve seen that a few times and I’ve always meant to pick it up, but just haven’t. Some of the “green” books I have grabbed have just been “greenwashed”. Good to know this one isn’t…

    #173985

    Kevin J. Gaughan
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    I just finished Hope, Human & Wild by Bill McKibben and it was great!

    #173984

    Ben Yahr
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    I just finished reading World Made By Hand and The Long Emergency. My first reaction was definitely cynical and pessimistic, but after stepping back and thinking about it, I have a much better understanding of true sustainability, and a cautious optimism for the future.
    I would highly suggest that any professional read The Long Emergency. The complex issues that society faces cannot be solved with cookie cutter “BMPs” or a few large scale solutions, and it is extremely important that designers embrace reality rather than clinging to the status quo of the last 50 years.

    #173983

    Ryan A. Waggoner
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    I just heard from another friend last week this was a great book to read, I’ll try picking it up next…

    #173982

    david maynes
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    Living Systems: Innovative Materials and Technologies for Landscape Architects – (‘materials and technologies’ are more process based systems…very cool. You’ll most likely see some familiar projects described in detail)

    The Landscape Urbanism Reader – Charles Waldhiem

    any research article you can find by Stewart Pickett (urban ecology)

    Advances in Urban Ecology – Marina Alberti

    Manufactured Sites: Rethinking the Post-Industrial Landscape – Niall Kirkwood

    …to name a few

    #173981

    Trace One
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    A Pattern Language..Christopher Alexander..not about sustainable landscapes, just sustainable communities..

    #173980

    Ryan A. Waggoner
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    I had a friend that was reading this book, doesn’t Christopher Alexander have a whole series of books like this?

    #173979

    Trace One
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    there are just two books, A Pattern Language is more coherent of the two, but I love them..Plus very pretty books ..if you want to go for just being happy with the book in your hands!
    🙂

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