With Memorial Day just around the corner, I totally get it if you already have your summer reading list locked down.
But for those open to the idea of setting aside the crayons and giving the KonMari a break for an extended hot second, I have a few freshly released and forthcoming suggestions from the world of sustainable design and architecture.
Ranging from a hefty monograph that covers the playful, provocative work of Danish visionary Bjarke Ingels to a decidedly more beach bag-friendly paperback reprint of a memoir penned by a big name on the tiny house scene, there’s a little something for everyone — subject matter and physical size considered. And although you'll find a link to each title's Amazon.com page where you can learn more, be sure to check in with your local independent bookseller to see if they have it in stock.
In addition to some of the below picks, I'm hoping to settle down with "The Pine Barrens," John McPhee's seminal, ecology-based nonfiction work from 1978 (a fabulous thrift store find that I picked up earlier this spring in western Maryland).
Any new or upcoming releases that you plan on taking along with you to the beach, park bench, porch or backyard this summer? Any particular green design- or architecture-related titles you'd recommend?
"BIG, HOT TO COLD: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation" by Bjarke Ingels (Taschen)
"The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir" by Dee Williams (Plume - Paperback edition)
"Building a Better Nest: Living Lightly at Home and in the World" by Evelyn Searle Hess (Oregon State University Press) 6/1
"Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World" by Jared Green (Princeton Architectural Press)
"The Japanese House Reinvented" by Philip Jodidio (The Monacelli Press)
"Rethink: The Way You Live" by Amanda Talbot (Chronicle Books)
"Thomas Heatherwick: Making" by Thomas Heatherwick (The Monacelli Press - Expanded and revised edition) 7/7
"100% Pallet: From Freight to Furniture: 21 DIY Designer Projects" by Aurélie Drouet (Scriptum Editions)
"Make Garbage Great: The Terracycle Family Guide to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle" by Tom Szaky and Albe Zakes (Harper Design) 7/7
"Sustainable: Houses with Small Footprints" by Avi Friedman" (Rizzoli)
"The Sustainable Design Book" by Rebecca Proctor (Lawrence King)
"Frank Lloyd Wright" by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (Taschen) 6/24
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