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Pacific-based architecture firm WOHA offers a sustainable, urban alternative to the environmentally and socially destructive nature of modern mega cities.

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Four years after the release of Breathing Architecture, Garden City Mega City continues to chronicle the pursuit of sustainable architecture and planning by Pacific-based architecture firm WOHA. Folding in subsequent years of creative proposals–both built and unbuilt–this new publication focuses on the environmental and social challenges of hyper-density in tall buildings. Author and photographer Patrick Bingham-Hall helps […]

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Softcover

384 Pages

ISBN: ISBN981442806X

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Reviewed: The Permaculture City

By: Toby Hemenway

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A well-written introduction to the notion of permaculture as a mantra for a lifestyle in the pursuit of balance and likely best suited for those new to the ideas and goals of sustainable living.

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The roots of “permaculture” lie in sustainable farming practices. Centered around the use of natural, complementary relationships between crops in close proximity the resulting synergy produces higher yields per acre without the chemical backbone of single-crop farming. The idea is that any given plot can have a network of overlapping crops to form an agricultural ecosystem. The […]

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Paperback

288 Pages

ISBN: 1603585265

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Reviewed: The Third Plate

By: Dan Barber

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A bold vision of evolution looking both backwards and forwards to build an ecological map for how our country grows and prepares its food.

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Some could look at the 20th century as an era of achievement for American agriculture. Advancements in the crops we grow and how we grow them has bred an industry that can harvest more yield per acre than ever before. Companies have streamlined the processes of maintaining and harvesting produce to be ready for an […]

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Paperback

496 Pages

ISBN: 0143127152

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Reviewed: Food Foolish

By: John M. Mandyck &Eric B. Schultz

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A fresh utilization of data from many sources helps to underscore the gravity of a global dilemma of food waste while falling short of the path and implementation of solutions.

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Authors John Mandyck and Eric Schultz peel back the rind on the issue of food waste to showcase the gravity of its effects on not only the environment, but economic and cultural realities across the world. Together, the authors frame our propensity of wasting food as a truly global dilemma, leaving virtually all cultures around […]

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Paperback

198 Pages

ISBN: 0692456325

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Reviewed: Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs

By: Ellen Dunham-Jones &June Williamson

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A valuable overview of the challenges facing the outmoded nature of the American suburban landscape and analysis of the crucial first steps to be taken towards the next stage in the evolution of our development patterns.

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The American development pattern of suburban planning has reached a level of maturity that allowed for a more thorough critique by the design community. Beyond its original goals of increasing home ownership and fostering living potential outside of city centers, the full effects of suburban planning are clearer now than ever before. It would be […]

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Softcover

256 Pages

ISBN: 978-0-470-93432-6

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