This book offers practical and theoretical tools for more effective sustainable design solutions and for communicating sustainable design ideas to today's diverse stakeholders.
It uses integral theory to make sense of the many competing ideas in this area and offers a powerful conceptual framework for sustainable designers through the four main perspectives of: behaviours; systems; experiences; cultures.
It also uses human developmental theory to reframe sustainable design across four levels of complexity present in society: the Traditional, Modern, Postmodern, and Integral waves. Profuse with illustrations and examples, the book offers many conceptual tools including:
twelve principles of integral sustainable design
sixteen prospects of sustainable design
six perceptual shifts for ecological design thinking
five levels of sustainable design aesthetics
ten injunctions for designing connections to nature.
Mark DeKay is Professor of Architecture at The University of Tennessee. He is a registered architect and a nationally-awarded educator. He co-edits a successful online professional continuing education program in green design and is co-author of Sun, Wind & Light: architectural design strategies. He and his wife and editor, Susanne, create in Knoxville.
Part 1: The Four Perspectives of Integral Sustainable Design: Touching all the Bases of the Sustainable Design World Introduction 1. Design Principles from the Four Perspectives 2. Exploring Deeper Into the Behaviors Perspective 3. Exploring Deeper Into the Systems Perspective 4. Exploring Deeper Into the Cultures Perspective 5. Exploring Deeper Into the Experiences Perspective. Conclusion Part 2: Levels Of Complexity In Sustainable Design: The Four Contemporary Structures Introduction 6. Levels and Lines: The Development of Sustainable Design 7. A Developmental View of Design History 8. Design Awareness: The Six Essential Lines 9. The Sixteen Prospects of Sustainable Design 10. Unfolding Prospects of the Interior Perspectives 11. Unfolding Prospects of the Exterior Perspectives 12. Expanding the Design Self: Transforming the Sustainable Designer. Conclusion Part 3: Ecological Design Thinking The Six Perceptual Shifts Introduction 13. The Shift from Objects to Relationships to Subject-Object Relations 14. The Shift from Analysis to Context to Analysis-Context-Ground 15. The Shift from Structure to Process to Unfolding 16. The Shift from Materiality to Configuration to Pattern Languages 17. The Shift from Parts to Wholes to Holons 18. The Shift from Hierarchies to Networks to Holarchies Conclusion Part 4: Designing Relationships to Nature Metaphors and Injunctions for Deep Connections Introduction 19. The Nature of Nature from Five Levels 20. Designing in Relationship to Traditional Nature 21. Designing in Relationship to Modern Nature 22. Designing in Relationship to Postmodern Nature 23. Designing in Relationship to Integral Nature 24. Designing in Relationship to Transcendent Nature. Conclusion. Appendix A