From Bauhaus to Ecohouse A History of Ecological Design

ISBN-10: 0807135518

ISBN-13: 9780807135518

Edition: 2010

Authors: Peder Anker
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Description: From Bauhaus to Eco-House explores key moments of inspiration and exchange between designers and ecologists, covering Bauhaus projects of the interwar period to the eco-arks of the late 1980s. The book discusses in detail how former faculty members of the Bauhaus school, such as Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy, and Herbert Bayer engaged with ecologists during their "London period" and in the United States. The subsequent generation of students and admirers of the Bauhaus, such as Richard Buckminster Fuller and Ian McHarg, would pick up their program of trying to unite art and science. Fuller's turn to ecology came in 1932 when he proclaimed that architecture was the science of putting buildings in an ecological order as in his Dymaxion dwelling machines, domes, writings about Spaceship Earth, and famous World Game. From the 1960s designs of colonies in outer space were of significant importance to ecological methodology, engineering, and design practice. Space ecology inspired leading landscape designers of the 1970s who used the imagined life of astronauts as a model for how humans should live in harmony with nature. The engineering of closed ecosystems in outer space also became the basic principle in architectural ideas for how to construct autonomous buildings that would not harm the environment in which they were placed, as with the Biosphere 2 project in Arizona.

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List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 12/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Bauhaus of Nature
Planning the Economy of Nature
The New American Bauhaus of Nature
The Graphic Environment of Herbert Bayer
Buckminster Fuller as Captain of Spaceship Earth
The Ecological Colonization of Space
Taking Ground Control of Spaceship Earth
The Closed World of Ecological Architecture
Conclusion: The Unification of Art and Science
Cast of Caracters
Notes
Index
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