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Ecological design – the integration of natural processes and materials – can be applied at all levels of scale, creating revolutionary forms of buildings, landscapes, cities, and technologies. The authors uses case studies, images, dialogues and theory to provide a thorough treatment of the concept. In the process, a series of design principles are presented that could help build a sustainable world with increased efficiency, fewer toxics, less pollution, and healthier natural systems.
This 10th anniversary edition with a new introduction by the authors makes the work available to a new generation of practitioners and thinkers concerned with moving our society onto a more sustainable path.
Sim Van der Ryn is professor emeritus in the Department of Architecture at the University of California–Berkeley and founder and principal of Sim Van der Ryn + Associates, an architectural firm specializing in ecological design.
Stuart Cowan is a general partner of Autopoiesis LLC in Portland, Oregon, which offers design, development, and finance services internationally for large-scale sustainability projects. He recently served as research director at Ecotrust.