What does it mean
to be 'sustainably' designed?
"Buildings Are for People" is a book that challenges the effectiveness of building design. It critically examines our approach to 'sustainability' and the 'human interface'. It provides a methodology to use surface, shape and materiality to achieve people-friendly and environment-friendly architecture – to create synergies.
Sustainable and human-centered designs often fail to achieve their intended goal, even with the best of intentions. Although sustainable design practices have become mainstream, our success in turning 'intention' into community-friendly and sustainable buildings is far from reality.
"Buildings Are for People" seeks to stimulate building designs that are sensitive to people, program, and habitat. Unique in its comprehensive approach, the book explores both the experiential aspects of built design, and how the design elements themselves can create a sustainable and people friendly interface. Following a sobering critique, Caplan attacks design methodologies with a fresh analytical perspective and a holistic approach to design. The book highlights roadblocks to success with a dose of reality, and provides a meaningful approach to their resolution. Addressing key issues in education, the profession and the industry's institutions, this path to interdependent design is thoughtfully presented.
With more than 120 images, the author's photography provides a reader's-eye experience to illustrate the text and stimulate the senses. The images and drawings articulate the methodology throughout the book.
"Buildings Are for People" is about designing people-friendly and environment-friendly architecture. It is addressed to the practitioners, educators and influencers who will envision, enable and create tomorrow's built environment. This is an eye-opening resource, not only for seasoned practitioners, but for newly minted architects, interns and students. As one reader put it, "read this book first."
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