The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building
Our book, published in 2009 with co-author Bill Reed, has been called the definitive guide to the integrative process. It is full of examples from our early projects that revealed the systemic connections between building systems and the larger ecosystems within which these are embedded. The last chapter, Evolving the Field, foreshadowed where we were heading. While our process has expanded since the book was published, the core principles associated with integrative design still apply and inform our work every day as we continue to evolve our thinking.
Understanding that buildings, their components, and their context are nested whole systems, the way to solve interconnected problems without creating new ones is to “solve for pattern”. This is done by discovering the story of each place, and designing not merely to restore ecological functions but to facilitate the ongoing evolution of a place to higher and better functioning. Ultimately, the focus of resources, energy, and attention that comes about when designing and building or renovating a facility becomes an opportunity to transform both the place and the participants, helping both initiate a continuing evolution. If this all sounds like pie-in-the-sky idealism, read a few of the many real-world stories to see the potential. – Nadav Malin, Environmental Building News book review
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