a safe and sustainable world the promise of ecological design

Download Book A Safe And Sustainable World The Promise Of Ecological Design in PDF format. You can Read Online A Safe And Sustainable World The Promise Of Ecological Design here in PDF, EPUB, Mobi or Docx formats.

A Safe And Sustainable World

Author : Nancy Jack Todd
ISBN : 1597267813
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 27. 28 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 328
Read : 944

Download Now

In the late sixties, as the world was waking to a need for Earth Day, a pioneering group founded a small non-profit research and education organization they called the New Alchemy Institute. Their aim was to explore the ways a safer and more sustainable world could be created. In the ensuing years, along with scientists, agriculturists, and a host of enthusiastic amateurs and friends, they set out to discover new ways that basic human needs--in the form of food, shelter, and energy--could be met. A Safe and Sustainable World is the story of that journey, as it was and as it continues to be. The dynamics and the resilience of the living world were the Institute's model and the inspiration for their research. Central to their efforts then and now is, along with science, a spiritual quest for a more harmonious human role in our planet's future. The results of this work have now entered mainstream science through the emerging discipline of ecological design. Nancy Jack Todd not only relates a fascinating journey from lofty ideals through the hard realities encountered in learning how to actually grow food, harness the energy of the sun and wind, and design green architecture. She also introduces us to some of the heroes and mentors who played a vital role in those efforts as well, from Buckminster Fuller to Margaret Mead. The early work of the Institute culminated in the design and building of two bioshelters--large greenhouse-like independent structures called Arks, that provided the setting for much of the research to follow. Successfully proving through the Institute's designs and investigations that basic land sustainability is achievable, John Todd and the author founded a second non-profit research group, Ocean Arks International. Here they applied the New Alchemy's natural systems thinking to restoring polluted waters with the invention and implementation of biologically based living technologies called Ecomachines and Pond and Lake Restorers. A Safe and Sustainable World demonstrates what has and can be done--it also looks to what must be done to integrate human ingenuity and the four billion or so years of evolutionary intelligence of the natural world into healthy, decentralized, locally dreams hard won--and hope.

Ecological Engineering

Author : Patrick Kangas
ISBN : 0203486544
Genre : Nature
File Size : 78. 61 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 396
Read : 1248

Download Now

Less expensive and more environmentally appropriate than conventional engineering approaches, constructed ecosystems are a promising technology for environmental problem solving. Undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals need an introductory text that details the biology and ecology of this rapidly developing discipline, known as ecological engineering. Ecological Engineering: Principles and Practice fills this need by describing ecological concepts and theory and demonstrating their application to constructed ecosystems. It presents highly visible and widespread applications of ecological engineering, including treatment wetlands, microcosms, composting systems, restoration ecology, soil bioengineering, and invasive species control.

Design And Nature Iii

Author : C. A. Brebbia
ISBN : 1845641663
Genre : Engineering design
File Size : 24. 8 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 886
Read : 1245

Download Now

Throughout history, many leading thinkers have been inspired by the parallels between nature and human design, in mathematics, engineering and other areas. This book brings together articles from researchers from around the world working on a variety of studies involving nature and their significance for modern scientific thought and design. Featuring papers from the Third International Conference Comparing Design in Nature with Science and Engineering, the text will be of interest to researchers and those interested in the study of natural materials, organisms, processes and their significance for design in the world today. Notable topics include: Design in Nature; Shape and Form in Engineering and Nature; Nature and Architectural Design; Thermodynamics in Nature; Biomimetics; Natural Materials in Engineering; Mechanics in Nature; Bioengineering; Bionics; Solutions from Nature; Evolutionary Optimization; Complexity; Sustainability Studies.

Counterculture Green

Author : Andrew G. Kirk
ISBN : UOM:39015073655477
Genre : History
File Size : 65. 61 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 224
Read : 1103

Download Now

For many, it was more than a publication: it was a way of life. The Whole Earth Catalog billed itself as "Access to Tools, " and it grew from a Bay Area blip to a national phenomenon catering to hippies, do-it-yourselfers, and anyone interested in self-sufficiency independent of mainstream America (now known as "living off the grid"). In recovering the history of the Catalog's unique brand of environmentalism, historian Kirk recounts how Stewart Brand and the Point Foundation promoted a philosophy of pragmatic environmentalism that celebrated technological achievement, human ingenuity, and sustainable living. Kirk shows us that Whole Earth was more than a mere counterculture fad. At a time when many of these ideas were seen as heretical to a predominantly wilderness-based movement, it became a critical forum for environmental alternatives and a model for how complicated ecological ideas could be presented in a hopeful and even humorous way.--From publisher description.

Bioshelters Ocean Arks City Farming

Author : Nancy Jack Todd
ISBN : UOM:39015006344637
Genre : Nature
File Size : 80. 2 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 721
Read : 1074

Download Now

Records the institute's pioneering work in bioshelters, aquacommunities, wind-powered refrigeration, and reclamation of desert lands


Author : Alex Steffen
ISBN : PSU:000066073666
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 71. 95 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 590
Read : 531

Download Now

Provides information about environmental issues and technology, ranging from the home, workplace, and community, to social, cultural, and political arenas, and offers tips and advice to promote environmentally sustainable practices.

Current Literature On Science Of Science

Author :
ISBN : UOM:39015079672831
Genre : Engineering
File Size : 34. 62 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 741
Read : 285

Download Now

The Architecture Reader

Author : A. Krista Sykes
ISBN : UOM:39015069296971
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 24. 36 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 460
Read : 609

Download Now

Encompassing two thousand years of building history, The Architecture Reader brings together for the first time 40 key texts written by architects of international esteem. These writings address persistent concerns in architecture and design, including the role of the architect and the relationship of architecture to nature, art, and science. The carefully chosen texts provide a taste of the multiplicity that characterizes historical and contemporary views of architecture. Book jacket.

Tamarack Farm Camp

Author : John Nicholas Glase
ISBN : UCAL:B5538257
Genre :
File Size : 65. 54 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 647
Read : 445

Download Now


Author :
ISBN : NWU:35556038767513
Genre : Conservation of natural resources
File Size : 85. 33 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 749
Read : 567

Download Now

Top Download:

Best Books