The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Paperback)
  • The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Paperback)

The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Paperback)

Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 23/07/2012
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Do energy-efficient cars have to be boring? Are green buildings necessarily unsightly? Is sustainability incompatible with beauty? Lance Hosey's answer is a resounding "no," and in "The Shape of Green" he argues that for far too long sustainable design has neglected aesthetics. If green is to fulfil its promise, it must be both efficient and appealing. Hosey shows how design at all scales, from products to buildings to cities, can effectively marry art and science. In addition to examining fundamental principles of aesthetics - what makes something attractive or emotionally pleasing - Hosey connects them with down-to-earth design challenges. How can a city become both energy-efficient and comforting? Could buildings be constructed of porous materials that simultaneously capture carbon dioxide and soothe the skin? What can a child's love of a shabby old stuffed animal teach designers about how to captivate consumers and lengthen the lives of their products? Hosey's refreshing analysis represents an important step toward making beauty an essential part of green design. He believes the design community is up to the challenge and that designers can promote sustainability by embracing what they have always cared about most - the basic shape of things.

Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610910323
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 204 x 15 mm
Edition: 2nd None ed.

"Design has the power to create a world that can be economically, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed. In The Shape of Green, Lance Hosey explores the critically important but too rarely discussed dimensions of this goal--elegance, joy, and beauty."--William McDonough "coauthor of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things "
"It's tomorrow's great design challenge: how to make sustainability not just likeable but loveable; and not just efficient but beautiful, sensual, sexy. Lance Hosey is an inspirational guide to a future we can't wait to embrace."
--John Elkington "co-founder of SustainAbility and author of The Zeronauts "
"It's time someone revealed that the opposition of sustainability vs style, ethics vs aesthetics are false starts. In this book, Lance Hosey helps retire that opposition and shows us what makes beauty and sustainability one and the same."
--Susan S. Szenasy "Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine "
"The Shape of Green is a positive thesis. It might even inspire hope in the most pessimistic readers."
"The Shape of Green is essential nourishment for a smarter intuition, and Hosey's principles for design are just what we need for so-called sustainable design to mature past its awkward adolescence."
--Environmental Building News
"What is new about The Shape of Green is Hosey's synthesis of research and design innovations that have been overlooked in many other books. He has crafted a sophisticated rallying cry and assembled a nascent toolbox for the next generation of eco-architects."
--Architectural Record
"True to its own philosophy, The Shape of Green is a beautiful book that designers (and design lovers) will turn to time and again."
--EcoFabulous blog
..".Hosey returns sustainability to its rightful place..."
--Green Building
"The Shape of with the fundamental issues that I could never quite express to my students about the importance of aesthetics, design and yes, even beauty, to green building. I could never quite justify why I would post some projects on TreeHugger and skip others that might have a higher LEED score. After reading The Shape of Green, I am much more confident in saying that if it doesn't move the heart, it doesn't move the needle on sustainability."
"This is a passionate book."
--Resurgence & Ecologist
"Lance Hosey... has written a valuable book with a clear yet strong argument at its core: How something looks is as important to sustainability as how it performs."
--A Daily Dose of Architecture
"The book is...intriguing because it explores a difficult and important subject and brings together key observations from various authoritative sources and realms of inquiry. In the end, the book provides a good introduction to issues of sustainability and aesthetics."
"In The Shape of Green, Lance Hosey delivers a passionate critique of the design equivalent of CP Snow's 'two cultures' dichotomy."
--Urban Design

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