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Paperback – 508 pages
8.25 Inches × 11 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 1700 Grams
BISAC: SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781897408162
Pub. Date: 2008-11-01

About the Authors

Sim Van der Ryn

Sim Van der Ryn is a visionary, author, educator, architect and public leader, and has been described by the New York Times as an "intrepid pioneer on the eco-frontier". For more than 40 years, Sim has been at the forefront of integrating ecological principles into the built environment. He served as California's first energy-conscious State Architect, authored seven influential books, and won numerous honors and awards for his leadership and innovation in architecture & planning. Sim's collaborative approach and meta-disciplinary accomplishments help show the way to an evolving planetary era that values both the integrity of ecological systems and the quality of life. He is Professor Emeritus in Architecture at the University of California where he taught from 1961 to 1995, and president of the Eco-Design Collaborative (www.ecodesign.org) based in Inverness, California.

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Helga Olkowski

Helga Olkowski was a founding member of the Farallones Institute, a nonprofit organization active in the development of appropriate community technologies, with an emphasis on renewable sources of energy and food systems.

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Bill Olkowski

Bill Olkowski was a founding member of the Farallones Institute, a nonprofit organization active in the development of appropriate community technologies, with an emphasis on renewable sources of energy and food systems.

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Tom Javits

Tom Javits was a founding member of the Farallones Institute, a nonprofit organization active in the development of appropriate community technologies, with an emphasis on renewable sources of energy and food systems.

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Farallones Institute

The Farallones Institute was an independent association of scientists, designers, horticulturists and technicians which served for several decades as a pioneering center for teaching and research in appropriate technology and sustainable design. Integrating architecture, agriculture, waste recycling, water conservation, and renewable energy, the Institute has been widely recognized as a model for ecological design. The Farallones' resource conserving systems, solar dwellings, and organic gardens have been used extensively as a teaching tool.

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The Integral Urban House: Self Reliant Living in the City

by Sim Van der Ryn, Helga Olkowski, Bill Olkowski, Tom Javits & Farallones Institute



The Integral Urban House: Self Reliant Living in the City is a comprehensive guide to achieving a completely sustainable urban lifestyle by creating a mini-ecosystem where residents grow their own fruits and vegetables, raise chickens, rabbits, and fish, recycle 90% of their waste, solar heat their hot water, and use a variety of other alternative technologies—all on a 1/8-acre city lot. Long considered the bible of urban homesteading, this book is the result of four years of living with and refining the systems of the Integral Urban House in Berkeley, California — a collaborative project which combined the collective skills of the members of the Farallones Institute to develop a center for creating and testing experimental, ecologically stable and resource-conserving living systems. With its vision of an intimate connection between the urban habitat and ecological principles The Integral Urban House will inspire and empower people to act within their own communities to create places where they can live more sustainably.

The Integral Urban House: Self-Reliant Living in the City is a magnificent, inspiring record of eco-technically effective intelligent human cooperation... This is magnificent news for humanity. We are on our way.
— R. Buckminster Fuller

Civilized cities, nourishing food, renewable energy, closed nutrient cycles ,— these form the vision of this pioneering guidebook. With it we can start to build a new urban culture that is practical, sustainable, inviting and exciting.
— Amory Lovins

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