Innovative Houses - Concepts for Sustainable Living

Author(s): Avi Friedman

Interior Design

Housing is rapidly having to adapt to the global changes of the twenty first century. These include the transformation of the family and the rise of the non-traditional household, increases in construction costs, and concerns over climate change and the depletion of natural resources. Designing residential environments that address these issues is an urgent priority. This book examines the latest residential design trends that have arisen in response to these challenges. Divided into four broad areas, tightly focused thematic chapters look at twenty discrete topics, such as live/work; adaptable housing; prefabrication; water efficiency; green roofs; innovative landscaping. Each chapter includes an essay which lays out principles, methods and practices. Using text, drawings and photos from a variety of contemporary international practices, the book demonstrates how these ideas can be applied by architects. It offers a comprehensive collection of strategies and examples that will inspire a much needed housing revolution.


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Avi Friedman began his architectural studies at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy, receiving his doctorate from the University of Montreal, Canada. He is a professor at the McGill School of Architecture, Quebec, and has published extensively about architecture in both academic and trade publications.

Introduction Section 1: Demographic and Social Trends 1 Live-Work Residences House S, Breda, Breda, The Netherlands: Grosfeld van der Velde Architects Intexure Live-Work Studio, Houston, Texas, USA: Intexure Architects 2 Aging in Place Villa Deys, Rhenen, The Netherlands: Architectural Office Paul de Ruiter bv 3 Multi-generational Living Jones House, Vordertau, Germany: Reinhardt Jung Ravine Residence,Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Cindy Rendely Architexture 4 Small Homes L41 Home, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Michael Katz, Architect and Janet Crone, Designer House to Catch the Forest, Negano, Japan: Tezuka Architects Section 2: Design and Production Methods 5 Adaptable Houses Butler House, Melbourne, Australia; Andrew Maynard Architects LiveWorkHome, Syracuse, New York, US: Cook+Fox Architects 6 Growing Homes MOMO - Modern Modular, Oland, Sweden: Grasshopper AB Prefab Lighthouses, Groningen, The Netherlands: DAAD Architecten, Beilen 7 Prefabricated Dwellings Wood House in Caviano, Caviano, Switzerland; Markus Wespi Jerome de Meuron architects BSA Zufferey House, Willis, Switzerland: Nunatak Sarl 8 Narrow Houses Narrow House, Tel Aviv, Israel; Ohad Yehieli Architects Layer House, Kobe, Japan: Hiroaki Otani 9 Plug-and-Play Designs Loftcube, New York, New York, US: Loftcube Inc. Arado weeHouse, Ontario, Canada: Alchemy 10 Healthy Indoor Environments NEXTHouse, Magnolia, Seattle, Washington, U.S.; David Vandervort Architects Steel Study House II, Leeuwarden, Holland: Archipelontwerpers Section 3: Energy and Resource-Efficiency 11. Net-Zero Dwellings LightHouse, Watford, England: Sheppard Robson Sunlighthouse, Pressroom, Austria: Hein-Troy Architects 12 Design for Passive Solar Gain Trial Bay House,Tasmania, Australia: James Jones, Architect / HBV Architects 13 Active Solar-Powered Dwellings Home for Life / Activehouse, Lystrup, Aarhus, Denmark: AART Architects Malibu 5, Malibu, California: Kanner Architects 14 Innovative Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning OS House, Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.: Johnsen Schmaling Architects Pryor, Montauk, NewYork, U.S.: Bates Masi Architects 15 Building with Recycled Materials Big Dig House, Lexington, Massachusetts, U.S.: SsD 16 Water-Efficient Dwellings Villa 4.0, Hilversum, The Netherlands: Dick van Gameren architecten 710 Project, Venice, California, U.S.: GRAYmatter Architecture 17 Green Roofs House Ocho, Carmel, California, U.S.: Feldman Architecture Villa Bio, Figueres, Spain: Cloud 9 / Enric Ruiz-Geli Section 4: Innovative Landscaping 18 Design with Nature OS House, Loredo, Cantabria, Spain: FRPO Rodriguez Oriol Architecture Landscape Rantilla Residence Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.: Michael Rantilla, AIA 19 Edible Landscapes Ross Street House, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.; Richard Wittschiebe Hand Adams Fleming House,Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Levitt Goodman Architects 20 Xeriscaped Outdoors Residence for a Briard, Culver City, California, US: Sander Architects Jacobson Residence, Los Angeles, California, U.S.: Wick Architecture and Design Bibliography References for Projects Project Credits Photography Credits Index

General Fields

  • : 9781780672939
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : June 2013
  • : 240mm X 170mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Avi Friedman
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 728.047
  • : 256
  • : 300 colour illustrations