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SUSTAINABLE HOUSING: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE

Edited by Brian Edwards and David Turrent.

London: E & FN Spon. 2000. [pounds]29.95

Over the last decade or so, there has been a shift of interest from low-energy dwellings as individual entities towards sustainable housing in a wider context, taking in social and economic questions, health, the relationship of housing to transportation patterns, and so on. This book is a collection of papers based on the 'Housing and Sustainability' conference held at the RIBA in 1998, brought together and sandwiched between introduction and conclusion by Brian Edwards. Topics include housing and transport, building and landscape, an overview of renewable energy in housing, and a chapter on water -- the oil of tomorrow.

The book is an introduction rather than a detailed exploration. I was in the middle of reviewing the book when a British weekly architectural paper reported that making sustainability central to architectural education would overload teaching programmes. If this is the case, then this book will provide a very good resume for students to fit into their otherwise busy timetables. But God forbid that sustainability never forms a significant part of every student's education. As many of the book's contributors point out, the architect's role is essential in the sustainability debate. It is integral to responsible design today, not an optional add-on.
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Title Annotation:SUSTAINABLE HOUSING: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE
Author:VOELCKER, ADAM
Publication:The Architectural Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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