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Barefoot Architect

By Johan van Lengen

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Format: Paperback / softback, 705 pages
Other Information: Illustrations, maps
Published In: United States, 30 June 2007
A former UN worker and prominent architect, Johan van Lengen has seen firsthand the desperate need for a "greener" approach to housing in impoverished tropical climates. This comprehensive book clearly explains every aspect of this endeavor, including design (siting, orientation, climate consideration), materials (sisal, cactus, bamboo, earth), and implementation. The author emphasizes throughout the book what is inexpensive and sustainable. Included are sections discussing urban planning, small-scale energy production, cleaning and storing drinking water, and dealing with septic waste, and all information is applied to three distinct tropical regions: humid areas, temporate areas, and desert climates. Hundreds of explanatory drawings by van Lengen allow even novice builders to get started.
EAN: 9780936070421
ISBN: 0936070420
Publisher: Shelter Publications Inc.,U.S.
Dimensions: 21.59 x 14.73 x 4.72 centimetres (0.95 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Unconventional architectural book on the design and construction in developing countries in tropic climate. The authors shares his experiences to readers by giving alternative solutions to green architectural design. May be not directly helpful for general current practices, but these low-tech building strategies and techniques are useful to expand our vision about green building design and probably provide us more simple solutions for the development of current green practices. Take a grimpse on it, if you have a chance.

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