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#ClimateBreakdown Archi-Reading: in March I am going to suggest a book a day to prep students & clue up practitioners for the #Anthropocene as a therapeutic exercise. No time to sit back.

@RIBA @RIASmembership @stratharch @ArchitectsJrnal @ArcDesSco @ArchiFringe @ScotEcoDesign
Day 1:

Fundamental reading for practising, studying or teaching architecture in 2019 - redefines our relationship not only with carbon but building materials at large. There should be multiple copies of this in every office and university!

For more:
Day 2:

The few-month-old update of what should be the definitive companion to anyone working in - or around - the built environment; masterfully covering the essentials of sustainable design whilst compiling more precedents than your clients, staff or students could hope for.
Day 3:

A wealth of lessons learnt throughout the design, construction and operation of the @Bullitt_Center - proving that what @livingbuilding embodies is not impossible and brings an abundance of long-lasting benefits for the client, the designers and end-users of the building.
Day 4:

Fascinating, well structured and paced, introduction to best practice and necessary practical knowledge to guide working with existing buildings - shall become evermore valuable as the need for retrofit surges in the future.

Thanks @ChrisMorganJGA for the recommendation.
Day 5:

Invaluable and perfectly-timed guide to designing with people’s mental well-being in mind, that is concise enough to have around you to reference during any working hour. There is a huge overlap between designing in this way and designing for environmental sustainability.
Day 6:

Eye-opening and fundamental reading for all involved in the practise, study or teaching of design - after this explanation of material science and resources, you shan’t look at architecture the same way.

If you haven’t read this, find/borrow a (used) copy as soon as can.
Day 7:

We may be in a #ClimateEmergency but we must not lose sight on what is possible: this uplifting addition to anyone’s bookshelf compiles essays on comfort, happiness and satisfaction within the built environment, broken up by short photoessays on individuals’ Happy Places.
Day 8:

An all-time favourite: we all know that sunlight is important but I have never read it better defined in an architectural context - crucial reading!

Circadian rhythms, cleanliness, comfort, happiness, joy, and productivity - before you get into passive solar and energy.
Day 9:

An abundance of precedent: illustrating what is possible and redefining sustainable building for a new generation of Scottish architects, architectural assistants, and students whilst celebrating each and every person who paved the way for us to get to where we are today.
Day 10:

A forewarning, and explanation, of #ClimateCrisis from 1971, chillingly pre-dates the @IPCC_CH and explains where things went wrong.

Not just for the architecturally-inclined - this is urgent reading for everyone.

Thank you for the recommendation and book @shall1day
Day 11:

Bringing together crucial lessons learnt and shared throughout the Ghost Conference in Nova Scotia on topics ranging from education to practise.

Emphasising the significance of not only craft in architecture but the kinaesthetic learning experience of building itself.
Day 12:

To address a knowledge gap in material understanding - from physical properties through to non-awareness of toxicity - stretching from architecture school through to practise this book is crucial reading.

Balancing practical “how-to” with scientific knowledge perfectly.
Day 13:

A concise history of rammed earth followed by a philosophical and practical walkthrough of the design and construction of a home; elucidating passive environmental strategies and construction methods whilst celebrating one of the oldest construction techniques on Earth.
Day 14:

Captivating and inspired case study on @UniverCity_SFU and its ongoing effort to become a Living Community; blending infrastructural systems with natural ones whilst building an environmentally and socially sustainable community from the ground upwards - highly recommend
Day 15:

Fascinating historical and technical analysis of the Ark on Prince Edward Island: a government-supported, progressive - and essentially - self-sustaining model of low impact housing ran on renewables from the 70s; why start from the ground upward when this has been done?
Day 16:

Best practice principles and guidance on how to not simply sustainably retrofit a building but to do so whilst developing a foundation of fundamental understanding in building physics, the environmental aspects of architecture and of its impacts upon human health.
Day 17:

A concise summary of construction today that goes on to plot a regenerative course for its future; an optimistic narrative broken up by both essay contribution and case study alike championing “doing more good” rather than thinking of sustainability as an afterthought.
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