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Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design [Paperback]

Ken Yeang
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9 April 2008 0470997788 978-0470997789 1
You′ll find clear instructions on how to design, build and use a green sustainable architecture in Ecodesign . Author Ken Yeang will show you how to produce and maintain ecosystem–like structures and systems whose content and outputs not only integrate benignly with the natural environment, but whose built form and systems function with sensitivity to the locality′s ecology as well in relation to global biospheric processes. He will help you learn to develop structures and systems that are low consumers of non–renewable resources, built with materials that have low ecological consequences and are designed to facilitate disassembly, continuous reuse and recycling, and that at the end of their useful lives can be reintegrated seamlessly back into the natural environment. Each of these aspects, and other attendant ones, is examined in detail with regards to how they influence design and planning.

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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (9 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470997788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470997789
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 20.6 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,171,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...stuffed full of solid practical advice and fascinating statistics...I would recommend that everybody downs tools until they have read this." (House & Garden, November 2008)

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A highly informative and comprehensive manual on ecological design, Ecodesign demonstrates why our current approach to design and perception of architecture must now change radically if our planet is to have a sustainable future. All our artifacts, from buildings to everyday household products, have some environmental impact and can be viewed as potential waste. Ken Yeang argues for a design that seamlessly and benignly integrates with the natural environment – and shows how this can be achieved. The ultimate aim being, artifacts that can have positive consequences for the environment. The book gives easy–to–follow instructions, accompanied by numerous illustrations, on how to design, build, manufacture and use green sustainable architecture and products. The goal is a built environment that is a low consumer of non–renewable resources, built with green materials, constructed with minimal negative consequences on the site’s ecology and designed to facilitate disassembly, continuous reuse, recycling and eventual benign reintegration into the ecosystems at the end of its useful life. Ecodesign emphasises the ecologist’s concept of the ecosystem and how this can impact design and planning. Yeang’s theories, ideas and solutions rank him among the foremost up–to–date thinkers on the subject worldwide. Aside from designers, Ecodesign is intended as a resource, both theoretical and practical, for academics and students in the discipline and for all those engaged in allied trades and construction who seek to understand and to incorporate green ideas into their working practices. The book provides everyone with a vital guiding framework for changing society’s present profligate, high–energy, environmentally destructive economy into one that is sustainable and eco–based.

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3.0 out of 5 stars books for my Son 7 Sep 2009
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the drawings? 27 Jan 2008
By Rachel Smith - Published on
I love ken's "rethinking the skyscraper" There is so much description in the diagrams and drawings etc. This book is difficult because there is so much to read and not as many diagrams to explain the ideas. THe ideas are complex and i just wish there was more information to clarify.
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly designed book 18 Mar 2014
By Erin Silva - Published on
No one prints a book this thick with landscape orientation, blue ink and a difficult to read typeface out of some post-apocalyptic movie. I am stunned at such poor graphic design with poor and confusing images. I certainly wouldn't have students buy it.
Architect Erin R Silva
Adjunct Assistant Professor
School of Architecture
Dept. of City & Metropolitan Planning
College of Architecture + Planning
University of Utah
3.0 out of 5 stars Think about it 28 Nov 2013
By Ross Downing - Published on
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This is a very, very, very, technical book. This volume was a must buy during architecture school and one that I should never have gotten. The book arrived in perfect condition, it is just a book that does not offer much value as a design student.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 17 April 2013
By NAYARA ROSA GOMES - Published on
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This book is very good and I love it!
I liked this book because is complete and have important details about the ecodesign.
It's amazing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and technical 14 July 2007
By J. T. Solheim - Published on
It is a good and very complete book on the subject. It looks at all the aspects of eco-architecture, but maybe a bit to dificult to read if you are not specialy interested in the subject. It has given me a lot of new thoughts and ideas. Very good indeed.
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