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  •  How Buildings Learn (7+ / 0-)

    How Buildings Learn, by Stewart Brand. Not particularly political, but it will give you great insight into the long-term issues of architecture, which in turn reflect a lot of important issues like energy policy and urban planning. I've also found it applies to large systems planning (like software, my personal career).

    Things are often more difficult in practice than they seem when you're writing about them on the Internet.

    by Orbital Mind Control Lasers on Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 11:04:00 AM PDT

    •  From macro to micro... (3+ / 0-)
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      anything by Sarah Susanka: The Not So Big House, The Not So Big Life.  About the movement away from the McMansion phenomonon, building homes that represent simpler living on a more human scale.

      "L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." - Le Petit Prince

      by littlezen on Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 11:20:08 AM PDT

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      •  The Not So Big House is good too (2+ / 0-)
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        But How Buildings Learn is better. It's not infected with the decoration fluff. It's much more about civil engineering.

        Along the same lines, A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander is a real eye-opener about architecture. Alexander suggests radical things like not paving streets in residential areas.

        Things are often more difficult in practice than they seem when you're writing about them on the Internet.

        by Orbital Mind Control Lasers on Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 11:34:23 AM PDT

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        •  Not paving streets in residential areas? (1+ / 0-)
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          The mind boggles at the potential consequences.  ???

          "L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux." - Le Petit Prince

          by littlezen on Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 11:37:40 AM PDT

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          •  yeah, it's a thinker! (2+ / 0-)
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            His point was that paved roads encourage fast driving and a strong car-versus-pedestrian distinction. We could add that paved roads also have substantial environmental impact.

            Not saying he's RIGHT, but it's real food for thought. We need to question basic assumptions like "Why do we pave our streets? What problems does it solve, and what problems does it create?"

            Things are often more difficult in practice than they seem when you're writing about them on the Internet.

            by Orbital Mind Control Lasers on Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 11:44:53 AM PDT

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