Buildings are for people, something often overlooked.
Buildings Are for People offers a new approach to the process of conceiving architectural design, one that considers the interactions of the built environment with people and the natural environment. This is a book about Human Ecological Design, the role of Human Ecology in architecture and planning.
Buildings Are for People: Human Ecological Design exposes our visceral and experiential connections to buildings, and how buildings intervene directly with our ecosystem, natural environment and sense of place. It challenges the way we approach sustainable design and human interface, bringing to light our ability to utilize a building's surfaces, shape and materiality to synergize with the energy and forces of nature for a more green and sustainable architecture. The book discusses many of the roadblocks to successful design including issues in education, the profession, regulation and the industry's institutions, and provides an awareness that is rarely discussed. But more importantly, Buildings Are for People: Human Ecological Design drives the theme that buildings are built for people, offering a fresh perspective, a dose of reality, and a path forward.
The author's powerful photography and illustrations provide a reader's-eye experience to match the enlightening text. The images stimulate the senses. Visually articulating the good and the bad, they encourage building designs that are sensitive to people, program and habitat - people-friendly and environment-friendly architecture. Click IMAGES for a slide show, CONTENTS for the Table of Contents, PREFACE to read the book's Preface, AUTHOR for the Author's Page, or the navigation buttons above or below.
For anyone with an interest in human ecology, architecture, planning or the pursuit of livable cities and communities. "Buildings Are for People" is addressed to the practitioners, educators, students, researchers and influencers who will envision, enable and create tomorrow's built environment.