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Reshaping the Built Environment : Ecology, Ethics, and Economics - Charles  J. Kibert

Reshaping the Built Environment

Ecology, Ethics, and Economics

By: Charles J. Kibert (Editor), Alex Wilson (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9781559637022
Number Of Pages: 378

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Because of the profound effects of the built environment on the availability of natural resources for future generations, those involved with designing, creating, operating, renovating, and demolishing human structures have a vital role to play in working to put society on a path toward sustainability.This volume presents the thinking of leading academics and professionals in planning, civil engineering, economics, ecology, architecture, landscape architecture, construction, and related fields who are seeking to discover ways of creating a more sustainable built environment. Contributors address the broad range of issues involved, offering both insights and practical examples. In the book: Stephen Kellert describes the scope of the looming ecological crisis Herman Daly explains the unsustainability of the world's economic system and the dangers inherent in the current movement toward globalization John Todd describes the evolution of wastewater processing systems inspired by natural systems John Tillman Lyle discusses the importance of landscape in the creation of the human environment Randall Arendt argues for a fundamental shift in land development patterns that would not only provide for more green space in new developments, but would also increase the profitability of developers and the quality of life for new home owners Thomas E. Graedel proposes the application of lessons learned from the emerging science of industrial ecology to the creation of "green" building. While the transition to sustainability will not be easy, natural systems provide abundant models of architecture, engineering, production, and waste conversion that can be used in rethinking the human habitat and its interconnections. This volume provides insights that can light the way to a new era in which a reshaped built environment will not only provide improved human living conditions, but will also protect and respect the earth's essential natural life-support systems and resources.

Introductionp. 1
The Promises and Limits of Sustainabilityp. 9
Ecological Challenge, Human Values of Nature, and Sustainability in the Built Environmentp. 39
Environmental Ethicsp. 54
Uneconomic Growth and the Built Environment: In Theory and in Factp. 73
Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologiesp. 89
Environmentally Responsible Building Materials Selectionp. 117
Ecological Design, Living Machines, and the Purification of Watersp. 131
Landscape: Source of Life or Liabilityp. 151
Construction and Demolition Waste: Innovative Assessment and Managementp. 176
Building Valuesp. 195
Architecture as Pedagogyp. 212
Biourbanism and Sustainable Urban Planningp. 219
Creating Greener Communities Through Conservation Subdivision Designp. 232
Environmentally Superior Buildings from Birth to Deathp. 259
Environmental Performance of Buildings: Setting Goals, Offering Guidance, and Assessing Progressp. 276
The Chicago Brownfields Initiativep. 295
Sustainable New Towns and Industrial Ecologyp. 310
About the Contributorsp. 341
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9781559637022
ISBN-10: 1559637021
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.62