Integral sustainable design. By Mark DeKay, Routledge, London, 2011. 528pp, ISBN 978-1-84971-202-6, 32.99 (pb)
This book offers practical and theoretical tools for more effective sustainable design solutions and for communicating sustainable design ideas to today’s diverse stakeholders. It uses integral theory to make sense of the many competing ideas in this area and offers a powerful conceptual framework for sustainable designers through the four main perspectives of: behaviours; systems; experiences; cultures. It also uses human developmental theory to reframe sustainable design across four levels of complexity present in society: the Traditional, Modern, Postmodern, and Integral waves. Profuse with illustrations and examples, the book offers many conceptual tools including: twelve principles of integral sustainable design; sixteen prospects of sustainable design; six perceptual shifts for ecological design thinking; five levels of sustainable design aesthetics; ten injunctions for designing connections to nature.