Design for Life
The Architecture of Sim van der Ryn
By (author) Sim van der Ryn
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Design for Life by Sim van der Ryn
Book DescriptionDesign for Life: The Architecture of Sim Van der Ryn surveys the work and principles of Sim Van der Ryn, a world leader in the field of sustainable architecture. Sharing his years of experience as a teacher and using his building designs as examples, the author shows us that buildings are not objects but organisms, and cities are not machines but complex ecosystems. Design for Life illustrates how Van der Ryn came to see the shifting patterns in nature and how these patterns profoundly affect how people live and work in the structures we build. Van der Ryn explores how architecture has created physical and mental barriers that separate people from the natural world, and how to recover the soul of architecture and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Appointed California State Architect by then-Governor Jerry Brown, Van der Ryn introduced the nation's first energy-efficient government building projects. His vision heralded a Golden Age of ecologically sensitive design and resulted in the adoption of strict energy standards and disability access standards for all state buildings and parks. Van der Ryn has helped inspire architects to see the myriad ways they can apply physical and social ecology to architecture and environmental design. Sim Van der Ryn is the president of Van der Ryn Architects, a northern California firm known worldwide for its work in sustainable architecture. He taught architecture and design at the University of California, Berkeley for more than thirty years, inspiring a new generation to create buildings and communities that are sensitive to place, climate, and the flow of human interactions. He is the author of six groundbreaking books about planning and design, including Sustainable Communities and Ecological Design. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781586855307
(260mm x 260mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Gibbs M. Smith Inc
Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sim van der Ryn
Design for and Empathic World, Hardback (October 2013)
Despite an uncertain economy, the market for green building is projected to grow and strengthen. But, the author states that, "greening" our buildings is not enough. He advocates "empathic design," in which a designer not only works in concert with nature, but with an understanding of and empathy for the end user and for oneself.
Ecological Design, Paperback (April 2007)
Using examples from architecture, industrial ecology, sustainable agriculture, ecological wastewater treatment, and other fields, this book provides a framework for integrating human design with living systems. It draws on complex systems, ecology, and early examples of green building and design.
Building with Vision, Paperback (April 2005)» View all books by Sim van der Ryn
Combining environmental philosophy, information and visuals, this book presents solutions to wasteful tree-dependent construction and design. It details building methods to minimize wood waste, maximize efficiency, and emphasize the unique aesthetic properties of non-wood materials.
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