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The Book Trade
Titles published under the Green Frigate Books imprint aim to explore the horizons of the natural and built environments, and the relations of humans within them. The goal of the imprint is to reach its readership by producing works that fall in the cracks between those offered by traditional academic and popular presses. Specific categories include ‘Design, Interiors and Architecture’ and ‘The natural and built environments’. In common with Libri Books, the imprint should be of interest particularly for members of ‘communities of practice’ in the natural and built environments.
Buildings Are for People: Human Ecological Design offers a new approach to the process of conceiving architectural design, one that considers the interactions of the built environment with people and the natural environment.
The book exposes our visceral and experiential connections to buildings, and how buildings intervene directly with our ecosystem, natural environment and sense of place. It brings to light our ability to utilize a building's surfaces, shape and materiality to synergize with the energy and forces of nature for a more green and sustainable architecture. It points out many of the roadblocks to successful design including issues in education, the profession, regulation and the industry's institutions, providing an awareness that heretofore is rarely discussed. Most importantly, Buildings Are for People: Human Ecological Design highlights the obvious, that buildings are built for people, a fact that seems to have been overlooked in the last half-century.
The author's powerful photography and illustrations provide a reader's-eye experience to match the enlightening text. The images stimulate the senses.
About the Author
To bridge the gaps between architectural form, sustainable design and new materials, Bill Caplan founded ShortList_0 Design Group LLC in 2010. This think-tank for sustainable design is dedicated to developing an integrated design process that unifies sustainable technology with architectural form. Prior to his involvement in sustainable design and the Master of Architecture program at Pratt Institute, Bill created a multi-national company to research, design and manufacture high tech semiconductor sensors. With a Master of Architecture degree, a BS in Materials Engineering and an innovative career in research, design, development and fabrication, Bill Caplan combines cutting-edge high tech experience with the art of architectural design.