Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism: Concepts, Technologies, Examples
Author: Dominique Gauzin-Muller
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Release Date: July 01, 2002
Since the mid-1980s, and in particular the 1992 environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro, sustainability has become a global issue and the subject of international debate. In the context of architecture sustainability implies the use of intelligent technology, innovative construction methods, ecologically friendly materials and use of environmentally-friendly energy resources. This book begins with an overview of the various approaches and developments in sustainable architecture, followed by an in-depth section on urbanism looking at several European towns. In the third section the technologies, materials and methods of ecological architecture are examined. Concluding the volume are 23 sophisticated and innovative European case studies. The author and architect Dominique Gauzin-MA1/4ller has specialised on energy and environmental issues and ecological architecture for over 15 years.