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How do we secure a sustainable future?
Social science and humanities scholars have much to contribute to crucial debates around policy, as well as asking fundamental questions about how we understand the history of our environment and the impact of business, culture and society on sustainability.
The issue of how we secure a sustainable future for our society, the environment and natural resources does and should involve cross-disciplinary research.
With this in mind we have brought together over 150 of our key titles on environmental and sustainability research from across the Ashgate and Gower publishing programmes in our new Environment and Sustainability webpage to make it easier to navigate the broad range of titles and series we offer in this area.
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- What are the five most important steps in the greening of Architecture?
- Which of the early green design strategies can be considered up-to-date?
- Who will drive the sustainable movement in the built environment, architects, the clients or government?
- What are the challenges of green architecture in years to come?
The Greening of Architecture: A Critical History and Survey of Contemporary Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design is an engaging book which breaks new ground – contextualizing the development of sustainability in architecture from its roots on the 1960s to the present day.
Co-author, Phillip Tabb on how he came to be involved in writing this book:
‘I was asked to write a chapter in a book entitled ‘A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture’. My chapter was to be on green architecture. In brainstorming the topic, I came up with the concept of “greening” architecture where sustainability became a process of evolution rather than a thing you stick on a building. So, my chapter in that book became “Greening Architecture: the Impact of Sustainability.” After I completed my first draft of this chapter, many of my reviewers felt that it was very strong and should be made into a book by itself. I contacted Ashgate and they agreed, and I consequently prepared a book proposal, which was accepted. I worked between 8 and 10 hours a day on this book for two and a half years’
Phillip Tabb recently discussed the book in an interview with Paolo Bulletti, for Archinfo, where he gives his responses to the questions above. Read the rest of the interview on Archinfo.
About the Authors: Phillip James Tabb is a Professor in the School of Architecture, Texas A&M University, USA and A. Senem Deviren is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.
Contents of the book: Origins of green architecture; 1960s: an environmental awakening; 1970s: solar architecture; 1980s: postmodern green; 1990s: eco-technology; 2000s: sustainable pluralism; The global landscape of green architecture.
More about The Greening of Architecture: A Critical History and Survey of Contemporary Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design
We are delighted to report that Professor Klaus Bosselmann was recently the recipient of the first annual Scholarship Award as Best Researcher in the category of Environmental Law Academic with more than 10 years experience from the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. The award was presented at the 7th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law at Wuhan, China, on November 4, 2009.
As part of the overall review process, the scholarship committee received a number of very positive comments regarding Professor Bosselmann (and we’re very pleased that the book he published with Ashgate last year helped him to win the award!)
“Professor Bosselmann’s work, in particular in respect of the ethical implications of environmental law and increasingly in the field of governance for sustainable development, has been groundbreaking and had stimulated debate and scholarship in the academic and policy-making communities. Among his many publications, his recent book, The Principle of Sustainability: Transforming Law and Governance (Ashgate, 2008), is especially notable as an excellent contribution to scholarship in an area that is coming to be viewed as being of critical importance both within the academy and beyond.”