Barefoot Architect

Barefoot Architect


By (author) Johan Van Lengen

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  • Publisher: Shelter Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 706 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 51mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 28 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Bolinas
  • ISBN 10: 0936070420
  • ISBN 13: 9780936070421
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 31,151

Product description

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.

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