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By Avi Friedman
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Housing is rapidly having to adapt to the global
changes of the twenty first century. These include the
transformation of the family and the rise of the nontraditional
household, increases in construction costs,
and concerns over climate change and the depletion of
natural resources. Designing residential environments
that address these issues is an urgent priority.
This book examines the latest residential design
trends that have arisen in response to these challenges.
Divided into four broad areas, tightly focused thematic
chapters look at twenty discrete topics, such as live/
work; adaptable housing; prefabrication; water
efficiency; green roofs; innovative landscaping. Each
chapter includes an essay that lays out principles,
methods, and practices.
Using text, drawings, and photos from a variety
of contemporary international practices, the book
demonstrates how these ideas can be applied by
architects. It offers a comprehensive collection of
strategies and examples that will inspire a much
needed housing revolution.
• Covers all the latest trends and research on sustainable
• Filled with clear diagrams and drawings as well as
• 20 chapters explain key points of sustainable design, while
over 35 recent housing projects illustrate these being put
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