THE BAREFOOT ARCHITECT
A HANDBOOK FOR GREEN BUILDING
(available in portuguese, spanish, english and french)
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 (earth, bamboo, as well as some conventional materials), and application.
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, while all information is applied to three distinct tropical regions: humid and temporate areas or desert climates.
Hundreds of explanatory drawings by van Lengen allow even novice builders to get started.
ARCHITECTURE OF THE AMAZONIAN INDIANS
(available only in portuguese)
How do the Amazon Indians build their dwellings?
What materials are used?
What can we learn and adapt to our daily lives?
The answers are in the analysis that Johan van Lengen proposes as a way out of the dilemmas and transformations that plague the world at the beginning of the 21st century - of the future shortage of materials, the pollution of the planet and the devastation of the environment.
This book aims to demonstrate that man can use ancestral knowledge to help us maintain the balance of the world without causing impacts that could disrupt the cycles of nature and man.