In terms of non-architectural books, this is probably the most interesting book I've read in a long time. In The Thoreau You Don't Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant, Robert Sullivan thoroughly and cleverly tells the real story of Henry David Thorough. It's a different story than the one we've all become accustomed to hearing. But it's fascinating and compelling. And if you've ever thought of invoking the name of Thoreau in support of this or that environmental cause, give it a read before doing so.
We're giving away a copy of this book to one commenter below, so make sure to comment with a valid email before midnight on Friday, May 15, 2009.*
Prefab Green by Michelle Kaufmann is one-hundred and seventy-six pages of mixed images and information certain to please anyone interested in this burgeoning industry. Gibbs Smith, the architectural publishing powerhouse, released the book in January of this year, and if you're looking for insider expertise on prefab construction, I suggesting picking up a copy.
Just about a week ago, National Geographic released a new book called True Green Home: 100 Inspirational Ideas for Creating a Green Environment at Home. The book features, of course, 100 green ideas, as well as 10 company case studies and a resource index with links and a glossary. Oddly, I guess our site was good enough to get a free review copy of the book, but not quite good enough to get listed in the links section. But that's okay, we're still riding a high from being listed in The Gort Cloud … Anyway, True Green Home packages basic green concepts in a nice way — it's particularly helpful for starters and anyone looking for inspiration.
We’re always happy to receive green books in the mail, but what surprised us the most about The Gort Cloud was the fact that we’re in it. Jetson Green is, apparently, a “trendspotter” in The Gort Cloud. And after looking at it more closely, I’m guessing several of our readers and their companies have been named in it, too. What is it? The Gort Cloud is “the invisible force powering today’s most visible green brands” where “millions of people [connect] to green information through a vast, interconnected community.”
We’re giving a copy of this book away to one lucky commenter below, so make sure to say something before midnight on Friday, November 14, 2008.*
If you’re a prefab enthusiast or in any way interested in portable architecture, you should read More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today. More Mobile is an expansion of the ideas presented in the original book called Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture. Both were edited by the venerable and very popular Jennifer Siegal, founder of Office of Mobile Design, and I suggest you sit down and take some time to enjoy this second iteration.