The term "smart" in reference to homes and communities describes places whose function is related to or affected by
information technology. In the wake of the on-going digital revolutions of the 21st century, designers and planners are paying
significant attention to the design of dwellings and neighbourhoods and are considering new economic realities, by integrating
innovative digital appliances, which are also helping to foster economic sustainability for future generations. In this important
book, Avi Friedman, Professor of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal, examines these concepts and their applications through several revealing essays, which are illustrated with lavish full-colour photography, detailed diagrams, and technological insight through a selection of case studies from around the globe. The text comprehensively investigates several key topics, namely the correlations between the built and the natural environments and their ecological attributes; issues of mobility and transportation; the mixing of amenities and residences; district heating and other energy efficiencies; planning for green open space while considering the residents' lifestyle; edible landscapes and novel urban agriculture practices and their
implementation; reducing a community footprint with regards to the evolution of high-density living; the principles of heritage
conservation within communities, where social, economic, and environmental issues are all present, where old is mixed with
new; how sustainability is achieved when dwellings are designed for and equipped with advanced "green" technologies, for
adaptable homes, multi-generational dwellings, add-in and add-on units, and plug and play, among others.
Avi Friedman, PhD, is a Professor of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he directs the Affordable Homes Research Group. He is also a practicing architect specialising in sustainable residential design and is known internationally for his housing innovation, in particular for The Grow Home and The Next Home, which were built in several countries. He has authored 16 books and is the recipient of many accolades, including the World Habitat Award, the Creative Achievement Award and the Life Time Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada. In the year 2000, he was selected by Wallpaper* magazine as one of 10 people from around the world most likely to change the way we live in the new millennium.