The Shape of Green (Paperback)
Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design
Island Press, 9781610910323, 216pp.
Publication Date: June 11, 2012
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Does going green change the face of design or only its content? The first book to outline principles for the aesthetics of sustainable design, The Shape of Green argues that beauty is inherent to sustainability, for how things look and feel is as important as how they’re made.
In addition to examining what makes something attractive or emotionally pleasing, Hosey connects these questions with practical design challenges. Can the shape of a car make it more aerodynamic and more attractive at the same time? Could buildings be constructed of porous materials that simultaneously clean the air and soothe the skin? Can cities become verdant, productive landscapes instead of wastelands of concrete?
Drawing from a wealth of scientific research, Hosey demonstrates that form and image can enhance conservation, comfort, and community at every scale of design, from products to buildings to cities. Fully embracing the principles of ecology could revolutionize every aspect of design, in substance and in style. Aesthetic attraction isn’t a superficial concern — it’s an environmental imperative. Beauty could save the planet.
About the Author
Lance Hosey is an architect and author who has written two books, contributed to several others, and published hundreds of essays for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and many other media outlets.
Praise For The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design…
— Publishers Weekly
— Environmental Building News
— Resurgence & Ecologist
— Architectural Record
— A Daily Dose of Architecture
— EcoFabulous blog
— Urban Design
— Green Building
— William McDonough
— John Elkington
— Susan S. Szenasy