The process of executing an architectural plan, a building or a landscape, can be disastrous for the environment. The construction process, whether it is erecting a building or excavating a landscape, is destructive. Toxic land sites are disturbed, trees are removed, bedrock is shattered, watercourses are altered. And it goes on – buildings cause erosion and ongoing water pollution and worldwide they consume a quarter of all energy produced.
Fortunately there are numerous ways through which buildings and landscape can be designed to mitigate such negative impacts. 1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects shows how forward-thinking design and environmentally sound construction practices can create outstanding results. Coming from the world's leading eco-architecture firms, these real-life projects demonstrate the pinnacle of progressive design and eco restraint.
Working from the essential objectives of economy, sustainability, beauty and function, the 1000 ideas display a wide array of outcomes. Design plans illlustrate the concepts and captioned photographs display the results. Examples include:
- Reveal Earth's history – Wire-sawing bedrock horizontally creates a beautiful outdoor terrace.
- Produce white noise – A water curtain buffers city sounds while also creating a place for carefree play.
- Create new activity – A new island in a lake presents options for activities close to town.
- Introduce the unexpected – Wavelike wood installations create spots to sit, slide or ride a bike.
- Echo history – The layout of a new water park recalls the former agricultural plot.
- Alter scale – Irrigation ditches are transformed into waterways in a water park.
- Seize opportunity – A quarry is recovered and carved into a pleasing linear landscape.
- Mix function – A string of water through an education and sports facilities beautifies and encourages recreation.
Fully illustrated and featuring the highest standards of world eco architecture, 1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects is a practical, inspiring and provocative reference ideal for anyone practicing or interested in architecture, environmental conservation and design.
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Marta Serrats is a journalist based in Barcelona, specializing in architecture and design issues.