8 Green Design Books To Encourage Eco-Friendly Habits

These green design books know that the future is sustainable. From building to buying practices, we encourage you to spend Earth Day 2022 exploring how to be more eco-friendly in work and in life. 

Bamboo Contemporary: Green Houses Around the Globe By William Richards | PA Press
Bamboo is a perennial grass that grows rapidly and rivals steel, concrete, and wood in strength. Bamboo Contemporary shows the many ways this incredible material can be used to build sustainably.

The Sustainable Home: Easy Ways to Live with Nature in Mind by Ida Magntorn | Rizzoli
Filled with handy and inspirational tips and lists, this book covers how to reduce plastic consumption, clean with eco-friendly products, and work with the seasons to bring the outdoors inside.

Us & Our Planet | Phaidon
Phaidon collaborated with IKEA to bring this inspirational study exploring how to live more sustainably. Based on the experience of both ordinary and extraordinary lives, Us & Our Planet shows how small changes at home will work positively towards sustainability for our planet.

Architectural Gardens: Inside the Landscapes of Lucas & Lucas by Thad Orr and Mike Lucas | PA Press
The work of landscape architecture firm Lucas & Lucas extends the architecture of the house into the garden through carefully selected elements of design. Each of the ten projects in Architectural Gardens includes a design narrative that addresses the interconnections between home and land, detailed captions, and a site plan.

The Green Imperative: Ecology and Ethics in Design and Architecture by Victor Papanek | Thames & Hudson
Based on decades of experience as a designer and educator, Victor Papanek makes a compelling case for more meaningful design at a human scale, using examples from packaging to parking lots, playing cards to playgrounds. This means designing for the long term, using less and re-using more, and sharing resources.

Wild: The Naturalistic Garden by Noel Kingsbury with photography by Claire Takacs | Phaidon
Wild is a stunning exploration of one of the hottest trends in garden design: nature-based planting with an eco-aware approach, featuring the work of leading designers such as Sean Hogan, Piet Oudolf, and Dan Pearson.

Beyond the Garden: Designing Home Landscapes with Natural Systems by Dana Davidsen | PA Press
Through twenty distinctive projects set across urban, suburban, and rural spaces, Beyond the Garden explores how thoughtful design and awareness of local ecology can make gardens both beautiful and sustainable.

Vo Trong Nghia: Building Nature by Vo Trong Nghia, Philip Jodidio | Thames & Hudson
This career-spanning monograph in two volumes presents the work of Vo Trong Nghia, one of Asia’s most thoughtful and innovative architects. His two main themes – green architecture and bamboo as a building material – form the basis of this celebration of his designs, which make clear reference to Vietnam’s troubled past and to the architect’s own adherence to the Five Precepts of Buddhism.

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