Design Considerations

  • What will it take to build it?
  • What will it take to use it?
  • How long will it last me? (in terms of style, function, durability, and flexibility)
  • Does it give me pleasure?
  • Does it enhance my well-being?

From Green by Design

Green by Design

Creating a Home for Sustainable Living
by Angela Dean
Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2002


Shelter Publications Inc, 1973

Not So Big House

by Sarah Suzanka
Taunton Press, 1998

A Primer on Sustainable Building

by William Browning and Dianna Lopez
Rocky Mountain Institute, 1995

A Pattern Language: Towns, Building, Construction

by Christopher Alexander, et al
Oxford University Press, 1977

Ecological Design

by Sim Van der Ryn
Island Press, 1996

Introduction to Permaculture

by Bill Mollison
Tagari Publications, 1995

In Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home Scale Permaculture

by Toby Hemenway and John Todd
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2001

Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development

by John Tillman Lyle
John Wiley and Sons, 1996