Architectural Press | 0750653590 | 2002 | PDF | 264 pages | 18 Mb

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Built environment surrounds us for 90% of our lives but only now are we realising its influence on the environment, our health, and how we think, feel and behave both individually and socially.

Spirit & Place shows how to work towards a sustainable environment through socially inclusive processes of placemaking, and how to create places that are nourishing psychologically and physically, to soul and spirit as well as body.

This book's unique arguments identify important, but often unrecognised, principles and illustrate their applicability in a wide range of situations, price-ranges and climates. It shows how to reconcile the apparently incompatible demands of environmental, economic and social sustainability; how to moderate climate to make places of delight, and realign social pressures so places both support society and maximise economic viability. Thought provoking and easy to understand, Christopher Day uses everyday examples to relate his theories to practice and our experience.


Part One - Issues for the Twenty-First Century. Beneath the Surface of Today; A New Way for Our Time; Beyond Individualism; The Journey from Style to Purpose; Conscious Reconnection; From Past to Future.

Part Two - The Elements of Life. The Nourishing Elements; Rooting Earth; Water for Life; Fresh Air; Nurturing Warmth.

Part Three - Design in the Context of Life. Hidden Costs; Sustaining Sustainability.

Part Four - People Places and Process.

Part Five - Process-based Design.

Part Six - Environment and Health.


'This book is quite simply about how to make the world a better place, through better buildings...It tells us how we can all step beyond the ego to the eco, from the sustaining to the sustainable, to the healthy, healing, life-enhancing buildings that nourish the spirit and repair the community. Using the elements of light, water, earth, warmth and air Christopher leads us gently through ways of shaping space, light and heat, and our own human endeavour, to create beautiful buildings.'
Taken from the Foreword by Sue Roaf

'Christopher Day's commitment to the creation of a sustainable environment is well known and, in many respects, beyond criticism.'
Architect's Journal

'I have never read a book about architecture that so comfortably combines an intensely pragmatic approach with an innately spiritual understanding.'
Resurgence Magazine

'It is a book that presents ideas not only for a healthy planet but a healthy spirit - ultimately two conditions that are irrevocably linked. Day addresses the costs of building, from environmental pollution to social consequences such as crime and ill health.'
Natural Home Magazine

'Christopher Day is a practicing architect, a teacher and a philosopher and I believe he knew that his book would be recommended to be used in the context of the design studio in Schools of Architecture'
Centre for Education in the Built Environment

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