Big and Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century

What books have you read about sustainable architecture? Big & Green was the first one that I got into way back in 2004. You can still find in on Amazon from 3rd parties. The aesthetics of green design are attractive, and so are the benefits of them. Imagine what energy savings are possible.

Book review

A slick series of illustrations of sustainable design, ByA. McDonaldon May 28, 2010, 0 out of 5 stars . Mostly a book about green image, this is a sleekly designed but superficial overview of allegedly sustainable buildings. The book ironically illustrates a few alarming points about green building, mainly that sustainability is a slippery term, and that its possible to decry sustainability as a marketing tool while being basically that at the same time.


More than a century after its inception, the skyscraper has finally come of age. Though it has long been lampooned as a venal and inhospitable guzzler of resources, a revolutionary new school of skyscraper design has refashioned the idiom with buildings that are sensitive to their environments, benevolent to their occupants, and economically viable to build and maintain. Designed by some of the best-known architects in the world, these towers are as daring aesthetically as they are innovative environmentally. Big and Green is the first book to examine the sustainable skyscraper, its history, the technologies that make it possible, and its role in the future of urban development. The book examines more than 40 of the most important recent sustainable skyscrapers-including Fox & Fowle’s Reuters Buildings in New York, Norman Foster’s Commerzbank in Frankfurt, and MVRDV’s spectacular Dutch Pavilion from Expo 2000 in Hanover-with project descriptions, photographs, and detailed drawings. Interviews with such leaders in the field as Sir Richard Rogers, William McDonough, and Kenneth Yeang are also included.