There’s a lot of people that can claim they’re experts on green architecture, but when one in specific puts out a tome on it, you know they’ve done their homework. As one of the foremost experts on all things design since the late 80′s, Taschen Books has been putting out comprehensive (and beautiful) texts on everything ranging from the Paris street art of Robert Doisneau to The Little Book of Big Penis, all with astonishing insight and precision. That’s why when Taschen decided to release Green Architecture Now! Vol.2 (the follow up to the well-received first volume), the design world took notice. For anyone who works at a graphic design or architecture firm, hotel, or even those who simply love great design, this book is not to be missed.
Inside, you’ll find “a guided tour from one end of the globe to another where sustainability has become both chic and indispensible…[and].. Solar panels and double glazing are taking a dent out of the high cost of energy.”
Part of the Architecture Now book series, the volume contains the musings and realizations of established stars like Peter Zumthor and Bernard Tschumi, and also provides details on the rising new generation of architects, from Korea to Vietnam, Los Angeles to Berlin. According to Taschen “Green Architecture Now! 2 is the only place where a tunnel of flower pots by Olafur Eliasson and a Waste to Energy plant with a ski slope on top by BIG come together with a bang.”
The tome was compiled by Philip Jodidio, who studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His other books for TASCHEN include the entire Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid.
If you’re interested, check out Green Architecture Now! 2 on Taschen’s website. We’ve also culled some of our favorite images from the book in the gallery below: