Architecture Book

         Haute Couture Architecture: The Art of Living Without Walls by Anneke van Waesberghe is so much more than a book about tented green building architecture.  The book is part design manifesto, part personal diary, and part manual for future sustainable living.  One in which rampant consumerism has been replaced by a more thoughtful design from the excesses of modern times to a new state of being for living sustainably and in harmony with the rhythms of the planet.  It is the tale of one woman’s odyssey living alone in the jungle finding true meaning in life and manifesting its beauty into a way of sustainable living that may set a blueprint for our future existence on Earth.  The author leads readers to encounter a new paradigm by showing the luxury of simplicity and the beauty of small things.

         With our consumer way of living and doing things and how the world is evolving, the pace we follow as consumers rather than humans has become outdated and is not the way to go forward.  We cannot solve new problems that follow our destructive actions; we have to shift our thinking.  Haute couture architecture respects artisans, hand-made goods, self-sufficiency, and caring for nature.  Being close to nature is a lifestyle of forward-thinking outside the box and is a natural means to discovering ourselves.  Ultimately Haute Couture Architecture: The Art of Living Without Walls bridges the gap between nature and architecture.

         Dutch-born van Waesberghe is an author, designer, and environmentalist.  Susan Cohn Rockefeller is an entrepreneur, conservationist, and filmmaker.  Robert Thurman is an American author and academic who has written, edited, and translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism.  William Andrews McDonough is an American architect, designer, and author.

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