Описание: For anyone who is in the process of building or renovating a home, sustainability is a critical issue especially since energy is likely to remain costly for the foreseeable future. Choosing to use resources responsibly makes as much of a statement about a home as the selection of floor plans, building materials, or furniture. Ideally, our homes should be sustainable and look good at the same time. Building Better showcases single-family homes from around the world whose architecture proves that sustainable and attractive are not contradictions. The book s selection of outstanding, top-quality work provides feasible examples for a new generation of homeowners with a discerning sense of style and environmental responsibility. The spectrum of featured projects ranges from energy efficient restoration and the construction of intelligent extensions to the planning and building of new low-energy or passive homes. The book introduces the latest building forms and materials as well as case studies examining the best division of space, architectural planning, and the use of innovative technologies to control and improve heating and air conditioning. Consequently, Building Better not only provides a striking overview of the topic of sustainable building, but also insightful information on details from technical data to blueprints. In the book, both architects and homeowners have their say. Families talk about their ideas, desires, motivations, and real experiences. Against this background, Building Better is both a practical and inspirational guide for anyone who sees sustainability not as limiting, but rather as a creative opportunity. As such, it is an essential reference for everyone who wants to build a better home.
Описание: Published in conjunction with an exhibit of the same title being shown at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, January 17-June 2003, this volume showcases 50 projects by leading international architects balancing demand for new buildings with respect for nature as reflected in energy conservation. A foreword by the museum's president, co
Описание: Founded in 2006, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has quickly positioned itself at the forefront of international architecture. This initial volume of the firm's work showcases their innovative approach to architecture, an approach that examines the synergies between the natural and built environments and places performance at the core of every design. In its short history, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill's work has included myriad typologies and pioneering firsts, including some of the earth's tallest skyscrapers, the highest performing and most efficient buildings, along with master plans and energy platforms for 21st century cities. With each project, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill seek to elevate both the artistic and scientific parameters of architecture, resulting in groundbreaking design language in which 'form follows performance'
Описание: Now available in paperback, The Green House vividly illustrates the emerging collaboration between stylish architecture, interior design, and environmental responsibility. This groundbreaking book features more than thirty-five residences in fifteen countries-and nearly every conceivable natural environment-designed by a combination of star architects and lesser-known practitioners, all of whom put 'greenness' in the service of quality design, and not the other way around.