Amazing Books

I have loved learning more about sustainability, and the issue is becoming increasingly important to me. I know there is so much more I need to learn, and I went on the hunt for some books to read and gain knowledge of more views, perspectives and approaches to sustainable design. 

After a lovely day browsing through London’s book shops here is my reading list:-

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SINCLAIR. C, 2006, Design Like You Give A Damn, New York, Metropolis Books

(image reference: 10/01/2014, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Design-Like-Give-Damn-Architectural/dp/0500342199, website)

 

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Lupton. E and Miller. A, 2009, Design For A Living World, New York, Cooper-Hewitt/National Design Museum

(image reference: 10/01/2014, http://www.designersandbooks.com/book/design-living-world, website)

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Schwartz. M and Waugh. E, 2011, Recycling Spaces: Curating Urban Evolution, California, Novato

(image reference: 10/01/2014, http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/2013BR/MSP/Cover.jpg, website)

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Richardson.P, 2007, XS Green: big ideas, small spaces, London, Thames and Hudson

(image reference: 10/01/2014, http://www.thamesandhudson.com/XS_Green/9780500342305, website)

‘Vitamin Green’ by Phaidon

This is a great book which I found in the library. It discusses our “culture of overabundance” which is draining the earth of it’s resources, and celebrates examples of design that think about building a sustainable future. It offers insightful descriptions of how designers have achieved their products, and demonstrates the materials and methods involved. In some cases advanced smart technologies are employed, but what I found most inspiring and accessible were the examples of projects that thrive from basic ideas such as thinking of new ways to use old materials and using simple construction processes that mean things can be built by hand. These are ideas that I can think about incorporating into my own work, and that encourage me to be more experimental and creative when it comes to choosing materials.

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Reference: –  Bolchover. J, 2012, Vitamin Green, London, Phaidon Press