Ten Shades of Green
Architecture and the Natural World
With a Foreword by Kenneth Frampton
Contemporary buildings, like contemporary forms of urban development, are major contributors to the environmental crisis.
In this book documenting a major traveling exhibition organized by the Architectural League, curator and critic Peter Buchanan uses ten buildings that combine environmental responsibility and design excellence to argue that sustainability is not just good for the planet but offers architects new opportunities for creativity and innovation. He shows that there is no single route to sustainability and no such thing as a green aesthetic. Rather, through a range of building types, he demonstrates that increased awareness of a building’s setting combined with advances in technology create unlimited opportunities for responsive design. Generously illustrated with four-color photographs and plans, the book includes work by an international roster of architects, including Norman Foster, Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Herzog + Partner, and Renzo Piano.
- January 2006
- 8.8 × 11.5 in
/ 128 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide
Endorsements & Reviews
“[N]ot just good for the planet but offers architects new opportunities for creativity and innovation.” — Landscape Design Trust Journal
“[O]utstanding…highly recommended.” — California Bookwatch
“This is an unashamed manifesto, timely and well argued.” — Architectural & Interior Specifier
“[Buchanan's] critical expertise situates him well in this debate as one of the leading advocates of 'green theory'.” — Lisa Tilder, Journal of Architectural Education
“[A] visually appealing catalogue showing a slice of contemporary architecture, and how it has been designed to perform.” — Louise Thomas, Urban Design
“His astute descriptions...give [the] reader a strong understanding of how architecture can...help reduce the negative impacts of primarily Western societies.” — A Daily Dose of Architecture