Sunday, January 9, 2011

Book Review: Self Sufficient City Envisioning the habitat of the future

via A Daily Dose of Architecture

Edited by Vicente Guallart and Lucas Capelli
Actar, 2010
Paperback, 416 pages

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia's (IaaC) 3rd Advanced Architecture Contest -- following the Self-Sufficient House and Self-Fab House -- asked entrants for proposals "with a view to enhancing the connected self-sufficiency of our cities." Nearly 2,500 participants registered, submitting over 700 proposals from 116 countries, most from the United States, Mexico, and Spain. The 107 first-round finalists are compiled in this small-format book that groups the entries into themed chapters: Living Landscapes, Urban Green, Bio Infrastructures, Energy Systems, Parametric Urbanism, Social & Collaborative, and Theories & Strategies. Given the competition's goals, the proposals overlap among these themes, making the groupings fairly subjective but necessary to give some order to the presentation of the finalists.

read more book reviews:

Book Review: Testimonies of the City. Identity, Community and Change in a Contemporary Urban World

Urban Planning Book: Sprawl: A Compact History

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