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Toward a New Regionalism: Environmental Architecture in the Pacific Northwest

Tekijä: David E. Miller

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Green design is the major architectural movement of our time. Throughout the world architects are producing sustainable buildings in an attempt to preserve the environment and our globe's natural resources. However, current strategies for forming sustainable solutions are typically too general and fail to take advantage of critical geographical, environmental, and cultural factors particular to a specific place. By focusing on the Pacific Northwest, this book provides essential lessons to architects and students on how sustainable architecture can and should be shaped by the unique conditions of a region. Pacific Northwest regionalism has consistently supported an architecture aimed at environmental needs and priorities. This book illuminates the history of a "green trail" in the work of key architects of the Northwest. It discusses environmental strategies that work in the region, organized according to nature's most basic elements--earth, air, water, and fire--and their underlying principles and forces. The book focuses on technologies, materials, and methods, with a final section that examines thirteen exceptional Northwest buildings in detail and in light of their contributions to sustainable architecture. Critical case studies by Northwest architects illustrate some of the best environmental design work in North America. Notable architects from Seattle, Portland, and British Columbia are included. These projects feature innovative design in water and site stewardship, intelligent technologies, passive energy strategies, ecologically sound building materials, and environmentally sensitive energy management systems.… (lisätietoja)
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This book describes Pacific Northwest regional architecture and its connections the environment and sustainability. The author's thesis is that PNW regional architecture has always had an aspect of environmental responsibility because of the region's strong connection to the natural world. This historic connection has expressed itself in homes that use local materials, orient themselves with respect to light and wind, and take advantage of the relatively mild northwest climate.

Stylistically, Pacific Northwest regionalism has its roots in modernism, but it eschews the extreme minimalism of modernism for a closer integration with the natural world. Thus, while you will see post and beam construction and large expanses of glass in our regional architecture, you will also see use of natural materials and buildings that try to blend with the natural environment. My non-architecturally educated intuition is that Pacific Northwest regionalism takes more after the styles of Frank Lloyd Wright than more stark modernists such as Le Corbusier.

What I appreciated most about this book was the discussion of sustainable building technologies that are applicable to the region. For example, partial earth sheltering is an effective strategy in the NW because our geography is rather hilly. Our mild climates and low light levels both contribute to making passive solar strategies more effective than active solar strategies. Bioswales and rain gardens are particularly effective in the area for obvious reasons.

What made the book less appealing to me was that it focused on non-residential buildings. I did enjoyed learning about applying sustainable strategies to all building types, but my main interest lies the architecture of the home, and I would have appreciated if there had been at least one case study which discussed how regional design strategies can influence homes. ( )
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Green design is the major architectural movement of our time. Throughout the world architects are producing sustainable buildings in an attempt to preserve the environment and our globe's natural resources. However, current strategies for forming sustainable solutions are typically too general and fail to take advantage of critical geographical, environmental, and cultural factors particular to a specific place. By focusing on the Pacific Northwest, this book provides essential lessons to architects and students on how sustainable architecture can and should be shaped by the unique conditions of a region. Pacific Northwest regionalism has consistently supported an architecture aimed at environmental needs and priorities. This book illuminates the history of a "green trail" in the work of key architects of the Northwest. It discusses environmental strategies that work in the region, organized according to nature's most basic elements--earth, air, water, and fire--and their underlying principles and forces. The book focuses on technologies, materials, and methods, with a final section that examines thirteen exceptional Northwest buildings in detail and in light of their contributions to sustainable architecture. Critical case studies by Northwest architects illustrate some of the best environmental design work in North America. Notable architects from Seattle, Portland, and British Columbia are included. These projects feature innovative design in water and site stewardship, intelligent technologies, passive energy strategies, ecologically sound building materials, and environmentally sensitive energy management systems.

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