Building Inside Nature's Envelope

Building Inside Nature's Envelope : How New Construction and Landscape Preservation Can Work Together

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How does one build in a natural landscape without destroying it? Concerned architects, landscape designers, urban planners, homeowners and builders are rethinking detrimental construction methods and have adopted the term "nature's envelope" to mean the natural landscape intended to envelop a new structure or community. Simple, cost-effective, and ecologically responsible, the envelope is becoming more widely accepted and used each year. This book presents the concept of nature's envelope, showing not only how construction can be managed in harmony with it, but also how homeowners and builders can save money while preserving natural more

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  • Hardback | 170 pages
  • 198.1 x 261.1 x 18.3mm | 786.28g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 41 colour, 47 halftone, and 3 line illustrations
  • 0195131762
  • 9780195131765

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"When it comes to the global environment, architecture--and architects--face a choice: continue to be part of the problem, or learn to become part of the solution. And Wasowski demonstrates convincingly that the latter is not only possible, but feasible, exciting, and even inevitable. By building within nature's envelope we can avoid inflicting further wounds on the natural world, and so begin the process of restoration."--Don Falk, Society for Ecological Restoration"Andy Wasowski provides a thoughtful approach to achieving harmony between our natural environment and our built environment. The book contains numerous examples of dedicated builders that have successfully implemented many of the techniques described in this book. The need for continuing education at all levels of society to achieve this harmony is a persistent theme that is supported by the National Association of Homebuilders."--Chuck Stewart, President, Urban Forest Management, more

About Andy Wasowski

Andy Wasowski was born in Poland in 1939 and came with his family to America in 1940. After pursuing a successful career in advertising for 35 years, he made a career change and has since written eight books on native landscaping with his wife, Sally. Sally Wasowski is a native Texan who is a nationally recognized expert on native more

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