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The Shape of Green

Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design

The Shape of Green
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Lance Hosey

216 pages | 60 figures and photos | 8 x 9

Does going green change the face of design or only its content? The first book to outline principles for the aesthetics of sustainable design, The Shape of Green argues that beauty is inherent to sustainability, for how things look and feel is as important as how they’re made.

In addition to examining what makes something attractive or emotionally pleasing, Hosey connects these questions with practical design challenges. Can the shape of a car make it more aerodynamic and more attractive at the same time? Could buildings be constructed of porous materials that simultaneously clean the air and soothe the skin? Can cities become verdant, productive landscapes instead of wastelands of concrete?

Drawing from a wealth of scientific research, Hosey demonstrates that form and image can enhance conservation, comfort, and community at every scale of design, from products to buildings to cities. Fully embracing the principles of ecology could revolutionize every aspect of design, in substance and in style. Aesthetic attraction isn’t a superficial concern — it’s an environmental imperative. Beauty could save the planet.

"Hosey's holistic investigation of the way we perceive and react to our surroundings is fascinating. His underlying argument--that green living doesn't have to be punishing, expensive, or boring--is a refreshing take on an old debate that fans of Malcolm Gladwell and other big thinkers will find informative and illuminating."
Publishers Weekly


The Shape of Green is a positive thesis. It might even inspire hope in the most pessimistic readers.” Metropolis


"The Shape of Green... deals with the fundamental issues that I could never quite express to my students about the importance of aesthetics, design and yes, even beauty, to green building. I could never quite justify why I would post some projects on TreeHugger and skip others that might have a higher LEED score. After reading The Shape of Green, I am much more confident in saying that if it doesn't move the heart, it doesn't move the needle on sustainability."
TreeHugger


"The Shape of Green is essential nourishment for a smarter intuition, and Hosey’s principles for design are just what we need for so-called sustainable design to mature past its awkward adolescence."

Environmental Building News


"This is a passionate book."
Resurgence & Ecologist


“What is new about The Shape of Green is Hosey's synthesis of research and design innovations that have been overlooked in many other books. He has crafted a sophisticated rallying cry and assembled a nascent toolbox for the next generation of eco-architects.”

Architectural Record


"Lance Hosey... has written a valuable book with a clear yet strong argument at its core: How something looks is as important to sustainability as how it performs."
A Weekly Dose of Architecture


“True to its own philosophy, The Shape of Green is a beautiful book that designers (and design lovers) will turn to time and again.”
EcoFabulous blog


"The book is...intriguing because it explores a difficult and important subject and brings together key observations from various authoritative sources and realms of inquiry. In the end, the book provides a good introduction to issues of sustainability and aesthetics."
D. Sachs, Choice


“Design has the power to create a world that can be economically, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed. In The Shape of Green, Lance Hosey explores the critically important but too rarely discussed dimensions of this goal—elegance, joy, and beauty.”
William McDonough, Co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things


“It's tomorrow's great design challenge: how to make sustainability not just likeable but loveable; and not just efficient but beautiful, sensual, sexy. Lance Hosey is an inspirational guide to a future we can't wait to embrace.” John Elkington, Co-founder of SustainAbility and author of The Zeronauts


“It's time someone revealed that the opposition of sustainability vs style, ethics vs aesthetics are false starts. In this book, Lance Hosey helps retire that opposition and shows us what makes beauty and sustainability one and the same.”

Susan S. Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine


"In The Shape of Green, Lance Hosey delivers a passionate critique of the design equivalent of CP Snow’s ‘two cultures’ dichotomy."
Urban Design


"...Hosey returns sustainability to its rightful place..."
Green Building


"This is a passionate book."
Resurgence & Ecologist


1 Sustainability and Beauty
 
2 The Aesthetic Imperative
 
3 Three Principles
 
4 Many Senses
 
5 Ecology and Imagery
 
6 The Animation of Inanimate Things
 
7 The Architecture of Difference
 
8 The Natural Selection of Cities
 
9 Visions of Earth
 
 Selected References
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