Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development Winner, 1994
Merit Award for Communications, American Society of Landscape
"Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development is nothing less
than a user''s manual for planet Earth that integrates the
principles of ecological design with practical realities better
than anything I''ve read. John Lyle has written the best book now
available on the theory and practice of sustainability . . .
essential reading for natural resource professionals, architects,
planners, educators, environmentalists, and the general public."
-David W. Orr, Professor and Chair Environmental Studies Program,
"John Lyle has written a splendid book, Regenerative Design for
Sustainable Development. It is perfectly topical; it is committed
to the unity of art and science, design and planning, man and
nature. It is itself exemplary, and it is a repository of exemplary
adaptations. It has carried the environmental movement to a new
threshold of ecological planning and design. It should be widely
read and employed." -Ian L. McHarg, FASLA.
"In these times of widespread urban stress and regional
disruption, the cogent thoughts of John Tillman Lyle on sustainable
cities are on target and highly constructive. They are must reading
for planning professionals and all concerned citizens." -John
Ormsbee Simonds, FASLA.
"More designers need to broaden their horizons in the way John
Lyle has put forth in this book. In general, there are far too few
land planners, landscape architects, or architects who have any
working procedure that approximates what sustainable design
entails. This book provides important historical background and
contemporary experience to help guide the way."-Pliny Fisk III,
Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.
From the despoliation of our rivers and lakes by industrial
runoff to the destruction of our atmosphere by sulphur emissions
and CFCs, production cycles based on a one-way flow of materials
and energy have pushed us to the brink of environmental collapse.
It is time for a change, and in this groundbreaking book, John
Tillman Lyle offers us a blueprint for implementing that
This book provides civil engineers, architects, land development
planners, and others with practical, realistic approaches to
reversing this deadly course. Throughout, the emphasis is on proven
regenerative practices for water use, land use, energy use, and
building design. Most importantly, it provides ways to reestablish
connections between people and nature, between art and science, and
between technology and daily life.