Spirit and Place
Routledge – 2002 – 253 pages
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.
'Christopher Day's commitment to the creation of a sustainable environment is well known and, in many respects, beyond criticism.'
'I have never read a book about architecture that so comfortably combines an intensely pragmatic approach with an innately spiritual understanding.'
'This book is unusual in its genuinely spiritual approach to creating buildings…the book is well presented and easy to read. Overall it provides a good introduction to the principles of ecological design within the wider context of social and environmental sustainability.'
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.