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Design Ecologies
Essays on the Nature of Design
Lisa Tilder, Beth Blostein

ISBN 9781568987835
Publication date 12/15/2009
6 x 9 inches (15.2 x 22.9 cm), Paperback
256 pages, 72 color illustrations, 64 b/w illustrations
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Contemporary architects are under increasing pressure to offer a sustainable future. But with all the focus on green building there has been little investigation into the meaningful connections between architectural design, ecological systems, and environmentalism. A new generation of architects, landscape architects, designers, and engineers aims to recalibrate what humans do in the world according to how the world works as a biophysical system. Design in this sense is a larger concept having to do as much with politics and ethics as with aesthetics and technology. This recasting of the green movement for the twenty-first century transforms design into a positive agent balancing societal values with environmental needs.

Design Ecologies is a ground-breaking collection of never-before-published essays and case studies by today's most innovative designers and critics. Their design strategies--social, material, and biological--run the gamut from the intuitive to the highly technological. One essay likens window-unit air conditioners in New York City to weeds in order to spearhead the development of potential design solutions. Latz + Partner's Landscape Park integrates vegetation and industry in an urban park built amongst the monumental ruins of a former steelworks in Duisburg Nord, Germany. The engineering firm Arup presents its thirty-three-square-mile masterplan for Dongtan Eco City, an energy-independent city that China hopes will house half a million people by 2050. An essay by designer Bruce Mau leads off a stellar list of emerging designers, including Jane Amidon, Blaine Brownell, David Gissen, Gross.Max, Robert Sumrell and Kazys Varnelis, Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake, R&Sie(n), Studio 804, and WORKac.



Lisa Tilder is an architect and an associate professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, where she teaches design, representation, and theory. She has received design awards including the Young Architect's Award from the Architectural League of New York and the Far Eastern International Digital Architectural Design Award. Beth Blostein is an associate professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University and a partner with Bart Overly in the architecture firm Blostein/Overly Architects. Their work has been exhibited nationally at venues including the National Building Museum and the Center for Architecture in New York.

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Editorial Reviews


Holiday Gift Books, A Daily Dose of Architecture:
"A new generation of architects, landscape architects, designers, and engineers aims to recalibrate what humans do in the world according to how the world works as a biophysical system. Design Ecologies is a ground-breaking collection of never-before-published essays and case studies by today's most innovative designers and critics. Their design strategiessocial, material, and biologicalrun the gamut from the intuitive to the highly technological." — John Hill

Brownell contributes chapter to Design Ecologies, University of Minnesota:
"Blaine Brownell (Architecture) has contributed a chapter, Material Ecologies, to Design Ecologies, edited by Lisa Tilder and Beth Blostein and published by Princeton Architectural Press. The book is a collection of original essays and case studies from the most innovative green designers. A new generation of architects aims to recast the green movement for the twenty-first century and transform design into a positive agent by balancing the societal needs of humans with environmental considerations, according to the publisher. Design in this sense is a larger concept having as much to do with politics and ethics as with buildings and technology. Click HERE to read the entire review on blog.lib.umn.edu" — Michael Fraase

Inflatable Solar Power, Reality Sandwich:
"This Solar Skin will be appearing in a new book titled DesignEcologies, edited by Lisa Tilder and Beth Blostein and published by Princeton Architectural Press. To read the full review on realitysandwich click HERE. "

Design Ecologies, Varnelis.net:
"AUDC's lastest is out now. Go grab yourself a copy of Design Ecologies: Sustainable Potentials in Architectureedited by Lisa Tilder and Beth Blostein. There, amidst essays by Kieran Timberlake, Arup, and Bruce Mau, we tackle the crucial topic of fern bars and their relationship not only to a history of the green movement but also to the history of sexuality and submission."

Newsletter, Dexigner:
"Design in this sense is a larger concept having as much to do with politics and ethics as with buildings and technology.Design Ecologies is a groundbreaking collection of never before published essays and case studies by today's most innovative green designers.Their design strategies social, material, technological, and biological run the gamut from the intuitive to the highly technological."

Solar Skin Appearing In Upcoming Design Ecologies Book by Princeton Architectural Press, Studio Formwork:
"The book presents an overview of contemporary ecological practices in architecture, landscape architecture and community design. "

Off The Shelf, WorldArchitectureNews.com:
"Contemporary architects are under increasing pressure to offer a sustainable future. But with all the focus on green building there has been little investigation into the meaningful connections between architectural design, ecological systems and environmentalism..."

Urban Paradoxes:
"Design Ecologies is a provocative collection of never before published essays and case studies from some of todays most innovative designers and critics. They approach the issue from wide-ranging, and sometimes opposing perspectives yet with a commonality that ties them all together into a rich tapestry that, at least for me, gave birth to one idea after another." — Frank A. Mills



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