"Human Ecological Design"
 – Synergies among People,
the Built Environment
and the Natural Environment.


An eye-opener, "Buildings Are for People: Human Ecological Design" empowers design innovation. It reveals how building surfaces, shape and materiality interact with people and the environment, and how to address these interactions to create people- and environment-friendly architecture. This is a design methodology that scrutinizes each building interface from three perspectives:

1) the Physical – how a building interface defines space;
2) the Sensible – how a building interface affords experiences; 
3) the Operative – how a building interface creates environmental and     programmatic interactions..

Human Ecological Design brings together the essence of both 'sustainable design' and 'experiential design'. Although sustainability and human welfare have become mainstream design intentions, our success in turning those 'intentions' into human-friendly and sustainable buildings is far from reality. Sustainable and human-centered designs often fail to achieve their intended goal. Central to this focus, Bill Caplan provides a sobering dose of reality that addresses key issues in education, the design/build profession and the industry's institutions. It highlights roadblocks to successful design using built examples, while providing a meaningful approach to improve the design process. "Buildings Are for People: Human Ecological Design" provides a holistic approach to inter-dependent design conception, one that is thoughtfully presented with a fresh analytical perspective. 

More than 120 author's photographs and drawings articulate the design methodology throughout the book. They provide a reader's-eye experience to illustrate the text and stimulate the senses. 

"Buildings Are for People: Human Ecological Design" is about designing a people-friendly and environment-friendly built environment. It is addressed to architects, planners, human ecology students and practitioners, and policy makers. As one reader put it, "read this book first."

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