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sustainable communities: a new design synthesis for cities, suburbs and towns by sim van der ryn and peter calthorpe

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  • Design for an Empathic World

    Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self

    Despite an uncertain economy, the market for green building is exploding. The US green building market has expanded dramatically since 2008 and is projected to double in size by 2015 (from $42 billion in construction starts to $135 billion). But green-building pioneer Sim Van der Ryn says, “greening” our buildings is not enough. He advocates for “empathic design”, in which a designer not only ... Read more

    $28.09 USD

  • Culture, Architecture and Nature

    An Ecological Design Retrospective

    Gathering his most compelling essays and addresses from the last fifty years in one accessible volume, this book looks at the pioneering ideas that underpin Sim Van der Ryn’s ecological design philosophy. It offers a unique decade-by-decade retrospective of the key issues in environmental design, beginning with the most recent years and looking back to the 1960s. With an introductory chapter and ... Read more

    $44.99 USD

  • Ecological Design, Tenth Anniversary Edition

    Ecological Design is a landmark volume that helped usher in an exciting new era in green design and sustainability planning. Since its initial publication in 1996, the book has been critically important in sparking dialogue and triggering collaboration across spatial scales and design professions in pursuit of buildings, products, and landscapes with radically decreased environmental impacts. This ... Read more

    $25.19 USD

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    Designing with Nature In Mind

    Narrated by Justine Willis Toms ...


    57 min

    Van der Ryn has been leading the way for a more regenerative, resilient, and sustainable future as a pioneer of the green building movement. This movement emphasizes the value to our health and well-being of a direct connection to nature. Designing in collaboration with nature is a major tool toward creating a vital new architecture for an empathic world. ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Urban People and Places

    The Sociology of Cities, Suburbs, and Towns

    Providing a thorough and comprehensive survey of the contemporary urban world that is accessible to students, Urban People and Places: The Sociology of Cities, Suburbs, and Towns will give balanced treatment to both the process by which cities are built (i.e., urbanization) and the ways of life practiced by people that live and work in more urban places (i.e., urbanism) unlike most core texts in ... Read more

    $52.19 USD

  • Keep Chickens!

    Tending Small Flocks in Cities, Suburbs, and Other Small Spaces

    No matter how small your lot is, you can keep chickens and enjoy fresh eggs every morning. Barbara Kilarski shares her passion for poultry as she fills this guide with tips and techniques for successfully raising chickens in small spaces. Spotlighting the self-sufficient pleasures of tending your own flock, Kilarski offers detailed information on everything from choosing breeds that thrive in ... Read more

    $12.29 USD

  • A New Drive-Relational-Neuroscience Synthesis for Psychoanalysis

    This book critically examines the shift from instinctual drive theory to relational theory in psychoanalysis, based on the premise that drive formulations are incompatible with relational configurations. It demonstrates that the original shift was misguided, based on misinterpretations and misconceptions of Freudian theory, informed by a problematic dualist social constructionist and relativist ... Read more

    $4.50 USD

  • Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change

    “Cities are green” is becoming a common refrain. But Calthorpe argues that a more comprehensive understanding of urbanism at the regional scale provides a better platform to address climate change. In this groundbreaking new work, he shows how such regionally scaled urbanism can be combined with green technology to achieve not only needed reductions in carbon emissions but other critical economies ... Read more

    $25.19 USD

  • The Regional City

    Most Americans today do not live in discrete cities and towns, but rather in an aggregation of cities and suburbs that forms one basic economic, multi-cultural, environmental and civic entity. These “regional cities” have the potential to significantly improve the quality of our lives--to provide interconnected and diverse economic centers, transportation choices, and a variety of human-scale ... Read more

    $44.69 USD

  • Britain's New Towns

    Garden Cities to Sustainable Communities

    The New Towns Programme of 1946 to 1970 was one of the most substantial periods of urban development in Britain. The New Towns have often been described as a social experiment; so what has this experiment proved?This book covers the story of how these towns came to be built, how they aged, and the challenges and opportunities they now face as they begin phases of renewal. The new approaches in ... Read more

    $51.29 USD

  • Sustainable Communities: A Framework for Planning

    Case Study of an Australian Outer Sydney Growth Area

    This book is in part a response to the attempts of governments to address increasing concerns over such environmental issues as the impact of climate change; carbon emissions; pressures from overpopulation of cities; coal seam gas extraction and depleting natural resources. The authors have developed a Sustainable Communities Framework (SCF) which incorporates social-cultural, environmental and ... Read more

    $89.09 USD

  • Dynamic Urban Design

    A Handbook for Creating Sustainable Communities Worldwide

    Advance Praise for Dynamic Urban Design“Finally, in one book a complete guide to the theory, practice, and potential of urban design by one of Canada’s preeminent urban designers.”—David R. Witty, former dean, School of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Canada“Michael von Hausen has given us a clear and hopeful path to the creation of a sustainable urbanism, one that will be inspiring and ... Read more

    $8.69 USD