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Environmental books to future-proof our planet

Posted on 18 Apr 2023

From planet-friendly product design to sustainable architecture and off-grid living, meet the adventurers, designers and urban planners who are offering elegant answers to some of the difficult questions posed by climate change.

Lundnäs House, Arbrä, Sweden. Photograph © 2019 Patric Johansson.

1. Living Wild

Living Wild: New Beginnings in the Great Outdoors explores the lifestyles of families and individuals around the world who have escaped the daily grind to create a new life in harmony with nature.

2. Reclaimed

Reclaimed: New Homes From Old Materials is an inspiring collection of homes made from salvaged and repurposed materials showcasing design ingenuity and award-winning architecture from across the globe.

3. Off the Grid

Off the Grid is the ultimate escapist collection of self-sufficient cabins and retreats in the world’s most stunning and inaccessible locations.

4. Garden City

Garden City is a spectacular global survey of the buildings ‘greening’ the world’s cities, whose conception and realization bring architecture and horticulture into a sustainable whole.

5. Can We Save the Planet?

Can We Save The Planet? surveys the detrimental impact humans have had on the planet over the last 250 years, and evaluates what we can do to reverse the damage.

6. Futurekind

Manual and manifesto, an inspiration and a call-to-arms, Futurekind is a rich and timely survey presenting socially and environmentally conscious design projects changing the world for the better.

7. The Green Imperative

Whether it’s horror at plastic littering the world’s beaches, or despair at the melting of the polar ice caps, the world is gradually waking up to the impending climate disaster. In The Green Imperative, Victor Papanek argues for design that addresses these issues head on.

8. Houses That Can Save the World

Houses That Can Save the World is an inspirational sourcebook of innovative and unexpected green design solutions for our homes that address the environmental and social issues facing our world today.

9. 123 Seriously Smart Things You Need To Know About The Climate

Filled to the brim with astonishing environmental facts, 123 Seriously Smart Things You Need To Know About The Climate is an accessible book exploring the history of climate change and offering suggestions on how to keep our planet liveable.