"Buildings are for People" is a truism.
Yet much of our building belies that truism
- in all but its simplest interpretation.
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.
The book exposes our visceral and experiential connections to buildings, and how buildings intervene directly with our ecosystem, natural environment and sense of place. It brings 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. It points out many of the roadblocks to successful design including issues in education, the profession, regulation and the industry's institutions, providing an awareness that heretofore is rarely discussed. Most importantly, Buildings are for People: Human Ecological Design highlights the obvious, that buildings are built for people, a fact that seems to have been overlooked in the last half-century.
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.
For anyone with an interest in architecture, planning or the pursuit of livable cities and communities. "Buildings Are for People" is addressed to architects, planners, policy makers, developers, researchers and engineers – the practitioners, educators, students and influencers who will envision, enable and create tomorrow's built environment.