Building to Endure
Design Lessons of Arid LandsBook - 2009
As evidence grows of significant alterations in the global climate and as we are forced to examine our excessive uses of water, energy, and other resources, we must address the effects these changes will have on patterns of human settlement. Building to Endure looks at the long history of human habitation in the American Southwest and similar arid areas to propose new--and some very old--strategies to meet the challenges of creating more equitable, adaptable, and enduring communities for the twenty-first century.
Section one addresses the lessons that can be found in ancient, historical, and contemporary designs and how they might be applied to our evolving role on the planet. The second section applies these lessons to major components of the built and natural environment: urban form, landscape, water, and energy. The final section offers a series of case studies that provide useful examples and practical guidelines for creating affordable, energy efficient, and environmentally sound communities and housing.
Lusk (emeritus, architecture and planning, U. of New Mexico), Simon (architecture and planning, U. of New Mexico), and nine co-authors explored the history of human habitation in the American southwest and other dry areas to develop new--and in some cases very old-- ways of creating adaptable and durable communities. The authors address the multiple reasons for changing the approach to building or rebuilding communities: climate change, limited non-renewable energy sources, and excessive water use to name a few. The book is a combination of nuts and bolts guidelines and big picture ideas as well as case studies. Photographs and other illustrations are included. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)