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California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

Architecture in Harmony with Nature


By Susan Wels,Foreword by Renzo Piano,Preface by Dr. Greg Farrington,Introduction by Dr. John McCosker


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Acclaimed architect Renzo Piano's vision for the new California Academy of Sciences is one of hope and grand ambition: to create a model for sustainable design at an unprecedented scale. This is the story of an architectural masterpiece detailing the intricacies of form and function: its 2.5-acre rooftop garden, the 60,000 photovoltaic cells designed to power the building, and its use of natural light and ventilation. This celebratory book serves as both resource and reminder of how humans can live and work in harmony with nature.

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Size: 10 x 12 in;
Pages: 120 pp;
120 color images
Format: Hardcover
Publication: September 2008
ISBN: 9780811865142
ISBN10: 811865142
Author Susan Wels lives in San Francisco.

Renzo Piano is a Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect.

Dr. Greg Farrington is the executive director of the Academy.