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This is a running list of all the books related to carbon and architecture that I recommend you read.
BUILD BEYOND ZERO
New Ideas for Carbon-Smart Architecture
Full disclosure - I haven't read this book... yet. It's on my list and if Chris Magwood contributed I have no concerns about it's content. Really excited to get into this one.
THE FUTURE OF THE PROFESSIONS
How Technology will Transform the Work of Human Experts
This book really opened my mind to the future of what it will mean to be an architect in the 21st century. As the internet continues to change how knowledge and information are shared architects will need to pivot to a new model of value delivery and embrace the change of the professional services. If you are an architect or engineer - I'd give it a read, but be warned ... it's a long one!
A Field Manual For Building Designers
Carbon is the most detailed and thorough book I have found explaining where and how carbon is emitted on a construction project and how we can do better. There are beautiful graphics and lots of lifecycle data. The book tracks two specific projects to look at the carbon impact and improvements that could be made at each level.
THE CARBON ALMANAC
It's not too late.
Not sure where to start when it comes to carbon? This book is extensive and covers everything from the history of carbon to the future of carbon capture and it does it in a very easily digestible way, for the common person. Each page or two are focused on one topic and have strong graphics to support them. A word of caution though - there are certainly some holes in the carbon story. Checkout Lloyd Alters review for a taste.
50 years of hard-learned lessons in building a world-class professional services firm.
Art's principles is one of those books that I come back to every couple of years just to refresh my memory. Like most of the other books on this list, it's easily digestible for architects (short and lots of images) and very relevant to anyone thinking about starting their own firm or moving into a leadership role. Very practical lessons from a legend in the field.
ARCHITECT & ENTREPRENEUR
A Field Guide: Building, Branding, and Marketing Your Startup Design Business
Have you seen 30 x 40 Design Workshop on Youtube? Well this is the guy - Eric Reinholdt. He is becoming one of the most well-known architects thanks to his amazing brand and youtube channel. This book is everything he wished he knew when he started his business. Even the fact that he would choose a different name for his firm if he could go back! I actually listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Eric himself!
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