March 11, 2010
GreenHomeNYC’s Green Careers Transition team is putting together a reading list – check out their previous selections. Continuing the series, GreenHomeNYC volunteer Mary Tchamkina takes a look at six books on designing in harmony with nature.
1. Green Metropolis: Why Living Smarter, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability
, by David Owen
Written by a staff writer of the New Yorker, this book is a criticism of the rural-centric conception of sustainability and is an ode to New York City’s potential to be one of the greenest places in America.
2. The Smart Growth Manual
, by Andres Duany, Jeff Speck, with Mike Lydon
This Platizen Top Ten Books winner for 2009, this book is a sustainable development guide for professionals working in design, building, and planning industries.
3. Sustainable Design
, by Daniel Williams
Sustainable design applied to all scales: a practical, comprehensive guide to designing and planing a built environment in a way that’s compatible with the region’s economic, social, and ecological patterns. Daniel Williams is a former chair of AIA’s Committee on the Environment.
4. Deep Design: Pathways to a Livable Future
, by David Wann
Introduction to deep design, which begins with asking the question: “What is our ultimate goal?”
5. The Urban Homestead
, by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
A how-to guide for city folk to live more locally, grow food in apartments, take advantage of passive solar, grey water, and non-toxic living.
, by Janine Benyus
How contemporary innovation is taking cues from mother nature, and how it tries to bridge the gap between technophiles and environmentalists.