Nurturing a village, the Natural Home, and Building the Cycling City head up our interesting line-up of books for this edition!
Mountains to sea : solving New Zealand’s freshwater crisis / edited by Mike Joy.
“The state of New Zealand’s freshwater has become an urgent public issue in recent years. From across the political spectrum, concern is growing about the pollution of New Zealand’s rivers and streams. We all know they need fixing. But how do we do it? In Mountains to Sea, leading ecologist Mike Joy teams up with thinkers from all walks of life to consider how we can solve New Zealand’s freshwater crisis. The book covers a wide range of topics, including food production, public health, economics and Maori narratives of water. Mountains to Sea offers new perspectives on this intractable problem.” (Syndetics summary)
The village : grown & gathered / by Matt & Lentil.
“A comprehensive chapter with practical advice on setting up a natural garden to feed your village will help you get the basics right: the importance of soil and sun, garden design, planting guides and projects, and natural pest control. The Village is about nurturing and being nurtured, by growing, cooking and eating together – whether it’s dropping a loaf of bread around to a neighbour, or spending an afternoon making a big batch of pickles with your mates. It is about food, but beyond food. It is for everyone who wants to embrace the fullness of life in all its mess, for everyone who wants to connect. Because we all deserve it.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The natural home : tips, ideas & recipes for a sustainable life / Wendyl Nissen ; photography by Emily Hlaváč Green.
“Wendyl Nissen shares her approach to living a balanced and sustainable life based on an old-fashioned model of growing and cooking your own food, avoiding artificial products and doing your best to avoid letting unnecessary chemical cocktails into your life.” (Syndetics summary)
Micro living : 40 innovative tiny houses equipped for full-time living, in 400 square feet or less / by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen.
“For everyone who’s ever dreamed of simplifying their life and downsizing their home, Micro Living offers an insider’s look at what tiny house living is really like. Best-selling author and tiny house enthusiast Derek “Deek” Diedricksen profiles 40 tiny — but practical — houses that are equipped for full-time living, all in 400 square feet or less. With tips on what to consider before you build, along with framing plans for a prototype small cabin, Micro Living is the perfect starter handbook for both dreamers and doers.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Building the cycling city : the Dutch blueprint for urban vitality / Bruntlett, Melissa
“Building the Cycling City examines the triumphs and challenges of the Dutch while also presenting stories of North American cities already implementing lessons from across the Atlantic. Discover how Dutch cities inspired Atlanta to look at its transit-bike connection in a new way and showed Seattle how to teach its residents to realize the freedom of biking, along with other encouraging examples.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
Smart homes and communities : fostering sustainable architecture / Friedman, Avi
“Avi Friedman, PhD, is a Professor of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he directs the Affordable Homes Research Group. He is also a practicing architect specializing in sustainable residential design and is known internationally for his housing innovation, in particular for The Grow Home and The Next Home, which were built in several countries. In the year 2000, he was selected by Wallpaper magazine as one of 10 people from around the world most likely to change the way we live in the new millennium.” (Book jacket)
The benevolent bee : capture the bounty of the hive through science, history, home remedies and craft / Bruneau, Stephanie
“Get the buzz on bees, honey, hive behavior, and all the things you can make with bee products in The Benevolent Bee. Beekeeper, herbalist, and artist Stephanie Bruneau explores six amazing products of the honeybee hive–honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, and bee venom. Learn how to make a salve for burns and a cough syrup from raw honey; how to make a tincture, an infused oil, and a mouthwash from propolis, the anti-bacterial “bee glue” that lines the inside of the hive; and much more.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
“Focusing on the requirement for energy-efficient sustainable architecture with a small carbon footprint, this book explores the many ways in which containers can be renovated to create housing and more. With environmentally friendly design, low associated costs and ease of mobility, containers could be a great future contributor to the development of low-carbon architecture. In addition to the case studies, design guidelines are supplied alongside information regarding the relevant construction standards for container buildings, making this book both inspirational and a practical source of resources for designers and architects.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
Milkwood : real skills for down-to-earth living / Bradley, Kirsten
“Get started living a homegrown life with the hugely popular Aussie permaculture educators, Milkwood.” (Catalogue)
Smarter homes : how technology has changed your home life / Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino.
“This book presents the opportunities in the homespace that will come from understanding the history and multiple players that have contributed to the development of the home in general. You’ll start by breaking down the historical, societal and political context for the changes in focus of that ‘smartness’ from affordability, efficiency, convenience to recently experimentation. The second half of the book then reviews what current developments tell us about what our homes will look like in the next 10 years through the lens of spaces, services, appliances and behaviours in our homes.” (Adapted from Catalogue)