Holistic Housing: Concepts, Design Strategies and Processes / Hans Drexler + Sebastian El Khouli

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Holistic Housing: Concepts, Design Strategies and Processes” is a fundamental reference work on housing construction. The book deals with the issue of sustainability in a planning context but also analyses a building’s usage and ageing over its ‘life cycle’. A system of criteria specially developed in an accompanying research project can be used to compare and evaluate buildings. It can also be used as a tool for optimising the sustainability of buildings in development during the planning process. By contrast, most existing sustainability systems are conceived not as design and planning tools, but as instruments for evaluating finished buildings and completed planning.

15 practical examples explain the ways in which these criteria and other aspects of sustainable building can be implemented in sophisticated architecture and how these can then be experienced. A system developed from analysing the examples is used to classify and compare the buildings. The building’s significance as a lived environment is also not neglected here: sustainability develops in a dialogue between a building and its users, with an emphasis on residential usage.

-Housing construction for the future
-Anchoring sustainability in the design and planning process
-Specially developed system for direct comparisons and easy evaluation of buildings
-Sustainability in a dialogue between a home and its residents


008 Introduction
010 Positions


Part:1 Sustainable Architecture. Basics and Strategies
030 Fundamentals of Sustainable Design
044 The Buildings and Its Context
054 Architecture as a Process
070 Assessing Sustainability

Part: 2 Sustainable by Design. Projects
092 Das Dreick
108 Minimum Impact House
120 SunlightHouse
132 Quinta Monroy
144 Ecohotel in the Orchard
156 Wall House
168 Townhouse in Landskrona

178 Fehlmann Site
190 Lakeside House
200 Isar Stadt Palais
214 Rauch House
226 Loblolly House
236 Holzbox
248 Black Box
260 20 K Houses
272 Summary of the Analyses of the Projects
280 Table of illustrations and photographs 

Pages: 288 ( illustrations, graphics and photos)
Format: 24 x 33 cm, Softcover
ISBN: 978-3-920034-78-2

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  • sayma

    we should think about sustainability rather how it look like.