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Challenging the design process.
A book the Architecture field
avoids discussing.


This is a book that challenges the way we approach sustainable design and the human interface – emphasizing the use of a building's surfaces, shape and materiality to achieve people-friendly architecture in synergy with the natural environment

"Buildings Are for People" encourages building designs that are sensitive to people, program, and habitat. It explores the experiential aspects of building design, their relationship to its program, sense of place and the local community, as achieved through green and sustainable architecture. While driving home the theme that buildings are 'built for people' with a fresh perspective, it highlights roadblocks to successful design such as issues in education, the profession, regulation and the industry's institutions – topics rarely discussed publically. "Buildings Are for People" not only offers a dose of reality, but more importantly, a path forward to productive design.

The author's powerful photography provides a reader's-eye experience to illustrate the text and stimulate the senses. Caplan's images and drawings articulate both the good and the bad. This is a book about designing people-friendly and environment-friendly architecture that is addressed to the entire profession – the practitioners, educators and influencers who will envision, enable and create tomorrow's built environment. It is an especially important read for newly minted architects, interns and students. As one reader put it, "whether you are a builder or a user of buildings, read this book first."

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The Published by Libri Publishing, Green Frigate Books, UK
Distributed in the US & Canada by IPG.