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Design Science Library and Recommended Reading
Please add books and other resources of interest to the DesignScience Community.
Study the special 'ISBN' links in this page to see how to easily add references to the library. The Wiki software will automagically link to different web sources for ordering and other info, all keyed from the ISBN code.
At the moment, I'm leaving these clustered by topic. --PatrickSalsbury
Bucky Fuller and General Design Science Theory
- "Cradle to Cradle" by William McDonough and Michael Braungart (ISBN 0865475873 (alternate, search)) A small and profound book concerned with "Remaking the way we make things". Several readers here can't recommend this book highly enough. McDonough and Braungart are on the cutting edge of Design Science today. And they are making a difference with huge companies like Nike, Ford, and Herman Miller. A very articulate book on the problems surrounding us, and some possible solutions, arising from (and causing some!) shifts in our comprehension. The book itself is an example of its core message. It's made from plastic, not wood pulp. It's waterproof, extremely durable, and can be re-used as a "technical nutrient" in industrial cycles indefinitely, after it's done being a book. (You can find another review of it [here].)
- '[The Next Industrial Revolution] is a new 55 minute film, produced by [Earthome Productions] to communicate the work and vision of architect William McDonough and chemist Dr. Michael Braungart, two leaders in a growing movement to transform the relationship between commerce and nature.' This is a great companion video to "Cradle to Cradle" (above) and provdes a dynamic view into the spaces and results of the work discussed in the book. It complements the book wonderfully, since you get to appreciate the embodiment and manifestation of the theories presented in "Cradle".
If you'd like to get a good introduction to some of the many different folks working in this field (many of whom were "first generation" Bucky students, and took the ideas forward in making their own careers), the "Ecological Design" book & video series are strongly recommended.
- The video is called "Ecological Design: Inventing the Future". (Only seen in VHS format, so far.)
- "Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier" by Chris Zelov (Editor), Phil Cousineau (Editor), Brian Danitz (Editor) (ISBN 0965030628 (alternate, search)) - The companion book to the video "Ecological Design: Inventing the Future"
Together, these feature the work of dozens of fascinating people, working on all sorts of different problems. The book is a collection of short essays by both people in the film, and others who were not featured in the 64 minute video. The book has 394 pages, including lots of photos and illustrations. You can get both the book and video as a matched set from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (http://www.bfi.org/) for $50, or can buy them separately. (Amazon currently has some incredibly low prices on the book, but don't seem to carry the video.)
Eco-Cities and Urban Planning
- "From Eco-Cities to Living Machines: Principles of Ecological Design" by John Jack Todd Nancy J. Todd (ISBN 1556431503 (alternate, search))
- "Ecocity Berkeley : Building Cities for a Healthy Future" by Richard Register (ISBN 1556430094 (alternate, search))
- "Ecocities: Building Cities in Balance with Nature" by Richard Register, Hazel Henderson (ISBN 1893163377 (alternate, search))
- [KQED FM] in San Francisco had an interview with Richard Register about Eco Cities on their "Forum" program. Click on the week for March 11-15, 2002. The Eco Cities program was broadcast at 10am on Thursday, March 14, 2002. [This link] should search for the correct archive.
Ecological Design and Living Machines
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