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The Barefoot Architect

by Johan van Lengen

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A former UN worker and prominent architect, Johan van Lengen has seen firsthand the desperate need for a "greener" approach to housing in impoverished tropical climates. This comprehensive book clearly explains every aspect of this endeavor, including design (siting, orientation, climate consideration), materials (sisal, cactus, bamboo, earth), and implementation. The author emphasizes throughout the book what is inexpensive and sustainable. Included are sections discussing urban planning, small-scale energy production, cleaning and storing drinking water, and dealing with septic waste, and all information is applied to three distinct tropical regions: humid areas, temporate areas, and desert climates. Hundreds of explanatory drawings by van Lengen allow even novice builders to get started.… (more)
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This is a handbook for building green in poor countries, so there is a lot about using branches, bamboo or clay that most people in the USA would not find practical or appealing. It is still precious for all people who have a fishing or hunting cabin in the woods and want some DIY improvements.
But the book is a joy to read, and if you are not a consumed architect, you will have a few HA HA moments ("How come I did not think about that?")
I specially like the design part, the first half of the book, before the detailed plans for pumps, water, etc. It makes you think clearly in terms of air circulation and the kind of climate you live in. So, if you are dreaming of conceiving your own house, don't start with cheap plans on the Internet, start with this book: it will give you much a better control on what kind of house you want. ( )
  claude_lambert | Jun 17, 2011 |
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A former UN worker and prominent architect, Johan van Lengen has seen firsthand the desperate need for a "greener" approach to housing in impoverished tropical climates. This comprehensive book clearly explains every aspect of this endeavor, including design (siting, orientation, climate consideration), materials (sisal, cactus, bamboo, earth), and implementation. The author emphasizes throughout the book what is inexpensive and sustainable. Included are sections discussing urban planning, small-scale energy production, cleaning and storing drinking water, and dealing with septic waste, and all information is applied to three distinct tropical regions: humid areas, temporate areas, and desert climates. Hundreds of explanatory drawings by van Lengen allow even novice builders to get started.

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