integral sustainable design: transformative perspectives
"My intention in writing this book is to help create a breakthrough in the effectiveness of the Sustainable Design movement such that it is transformed to greater power, relevance, meaning and positive effect on people and Nature." -Mark DeKay
This book offers practical and theoretical tools for more effective sustainable design solutions and for communicating sustainable design ideas to today's diverse stakeholders. It uses Integral Theory to make sense of the many competing ideas in this area and offers a powerful conceptual framework for sustainable designers through the four main perspectives of: Behaviors, Systems, Experiences and Cultures. It also uses human development theory to reframe sustainable design across four levels of complexity present in society: the Traditional, Modern, Postmodern and Integral waves.
Profuse with illustrations and examples, the book offers many conceptual tools including:
- Twelve principles of Integral Sustainable Design;
- Sixteen prospects of Sustainable Design;
- Six perceptual shifts for ecological design thinking;
- Five levels of Sustainable Design aesthetics;
- Ten injunctions for designing connections to Nature.
Mark DeKay, co-author of Sun Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies, is Professor of Architecture, and former Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Architecture and Design at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a registered architect and a Fulbright Specialist.
This is an important, timely and significant book. It brings Integral Theory to design in a simple but profound way.
—Highly recommended. Ken Wilber, author, The Integral Vision
Integral Sustainable Design presents a holistic theoretical framework, which both encompasses and integrates all the perspectives and disciplines that must be considered if we are to create a sustainable society worth sustaining. It could well turn out to be the most important book yet published on sustainable design.
— Gary J. Coates, Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair, Department of Architecture, Kansas State University
Integral Sustainable Design gives designers a pragmatic and powerful process by which to make explicit the experiential and cultural dimensions so often left out of the common approaches to design. Both the design community at large and students of Integral Theory in other contexts will find DeKay's volume of great value. Timely, quite unique, and much needed!
— Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, PhD, John F. Kennedy University,
co-author of Integral Ecology and editor of Integral Theory in Action
Every day I hear from architects, designers and students asking for advice on how and where they can begin to learn about and get involved in a much needed design revolution that goes beyond corporatist ideas of "green" and "sustainability". Finally, I can point them to Mark DeKay's new book, Integral Sustainable Design, which provides the framework and perspective that people who feel the inadequacy of today's design practice and theory can relate to and from which they can learn.
— Sim Van der Ryn, author of Ecological Design and Design for Life