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The New Localism

by Bruce Katz & Jeremy Nowak

Finding local solutions when the nation cannot, or will not

With the rise of the politics of populism in the United States and much of Europe, how can openness and diversity survive? The answer, according to...


Me and the Biospheres: A Memoir by the Inventor of Biosphere 2

by John Allen

2009 Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Biography/Memoir, Me and the Biospheres is the definitive autobiography of John P. Allen, inventor of the largest laboratory for global ecology ever built...


Government Facilities Protection and Homeland Security

by Frank R. Spellman

The eighth of a new, well-received, and highly acclaimed series on critical infrastructure and homeland security, Government Facilities Protection and Homeland Security is a reference source that is designed...


Essential Cordwood Construction

by Rob Roy

Cordwood construction – log-ends set in insulated mortar – is an economical, low-impact building method proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings. Distilling decades of best practices, Essential Cordwood...


Ballastless Tracks

by Stephan Freudenstein, Konstantin Geisler, Tristan Molter & Michael Missler et al.

Due to increasing traffic flows the extension of transport infrastructure with rail roads and high speed lines is an ongoing process worldwide. Ballastless track systems with concrete slabs are used more and...


New Carbon Architecture

by Bruce King

It’s time to move past “green buildings,” which alone aren’t enough to halt climate change. The New Carbon Architecture explores how biomimicry-inspired innovations in architecture and construction –...


The Sustainable City

by Steven Cohen

Living sustainably is not just about preserving the wilderness or keeping nature pristine. The transition to a green economy depends on cities. For the first time in human history, the majority of the people...


From Conflict to Inclusion in Housing

by Graham Cairns, Georgios Artopoulos & Kirsten Day

Socio-political views on housing have been brought to the fore in recent years by global economic crises, a notable rise of international migration and intensified trans-regional movement phenomena. Adopting...


Decorative Sketches

by René Binet

At the turn of the 20th century, artists and craftsmen throughout Europe and America were profoundly affected by a new art style that took its inspiration from nature. Generally referred to as Art Nouveau, the...


The House in Good Taste

by Elsie de Wolfe

"Good taste can be developed in anyone, just as surely as good manners are possible to anyone. And good taste is as necessary as good manners," declared Elsie de Wolfe, the "first lady" of American interior...


The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race

by Carl C. Anthony

Carl Anthony's memoir offers a new worldview to people of color. His work is both a personal story and an exposition of ideas that will appeal to those who appreciate thoughtful writing on issues of race, including...


Lighthouses

by Victoria Charles

The lighthouse, an indefatigable watchman, ceaselessly guides boats to their ports.This beacon of maritime signalisation has guided sailors since antiquity.The first known lighthouse appeared on the island of...


Factories

by Victoria Charles

Born in the Industrial Revolution, the factory has long been considered like a monster of iron, subjugating the individual to the collective in an act of mass dehumanisation.Turning away from the pure functionality...


City Lights

by Victoria Charles

A symbol of massive crowds and solitary desires, the city holds promise for all those that pass through it. Its meandering streets, unexplored neighbourhoods and incessant noise create a landscape that captivates...


Bridges

by Victoria Charles

A bridge is a link between two worlds, a point of tension between two separate and often disparate locations. Free, belonging neither to one region or another, the bridge imposes upon the landscape and defies...


The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook

by Douglas Barnes

The Permaculture Earthworks Handbook covers the functions and appropriate siting, design, and construction of nine types of earthworks, including swales, dams, ponds, and hügelkultur beds, to maximize water...


City of Forests, City of Farms

by Lindsay K. Campbell

City of Forests, City of Farms is a history of recent urban forestry and agriculture policy and programs in New York City. Centered on the 2007 initiative PlaNYC, this account tracks the development of policies...


Singlewide

by Sonya Salamon & Katherine MacTavish

In Singlewide, Sonya Salamon and Katherine MacTavish explore the role of the trailer park as a source of affordable housing. America’s trailer parks, most in rural places, shelter an estimated 12 million...


Doorways of Paris

by Raquel Puig

  • Beautiful photography detailing the diverse, colorful, and historic range of Parisian doorways

  • Paris is one of the most romanticized cities in the world, already has location-based appeal

  • Author has a growing...

  • Designing San Francisco

    by Alison Isenberg

    A major new urban history of the design and development of postwar San Francisco

    Designing San Francisco is the untold story of the formative postwar decades when U.S. cities took their modern shape amid clashing...