The Barefoot Architect. John van Lengen.

The Barefoot Architect.

Shelter Publications, 10/2007. A Handbook for Green Building. Item #23625
ISBN: 9780936070421

From the Publisher;


A former UN worker and prominent architect, Johan van Lengen has seen
firsthand the desperate need for a "greener" approach to housing in impoverished
tropical climates. This comprehensive book clearly explains every aspect of this
endeavor, including design (siting, orientation, climate consideration),
materials (sisal, cactus, bamboo, earth), and implementation. The author
emphasizes throughout the book what is inexpensive and sustainable.


Included are sections discussing urban planning, small-scale energy
production, cleaning and storing drinking water, and dealing with septic waste,
and all information is applied to three distinct tropical regions: humid areas,
temporate areas, and desert climates. Hundreds of explanatory drawings by van
Lengen allow even novice builders to get started.


720 pages, paperback. Shelter (October 2007)

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Price: $19.95

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