New Publication: Integral Sustainable Design by Mark DeKay

Integral Sustainable Design: transformative perspectives
by Mark DeKay (Earthscan/Routledge 2011)
Integrated Sustainable Design front cover
This is an important, timely and significant book. It brings Integral Theory to design in a simple but profound way. –Ken Wilber, author, The Integral Vision, the world’s most published and translated living philosopher

Integral Sustainable Design has been for me the single most important book on architecture I have ever read. It will be of interest to all manner of integralists and meta-theorists, will serve the world of sustainable design as a guiding manual, and for the non-expert can profoundly change one’s day to day experience of the built environments in which we can dwell. –Michael Schwartz (PhD, Columbia University), Professor of the History and Philosophy of Art, Augusta State University

From a forthcoming journal book review: In all respects, my expectations of DeKay’s work have been exceeded, and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all those who seek a manifesto that meshes Integralism, Sustainability, and Design. –Marilyn Hamilton, author Integral City, from book review in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice
(read the full book review here)

Every day I hear from architects, designers and students asking for advice on how and where they can begin to learn about and get involved in a much needed design revolution that goes beyond corporatist ideas of “green” and “sustainability.” Finally, I can point them to Mark DeKay’s new book, Integral Sustainable Design which provides the framework and perspective that people who feel the inadequacy of today’s design practice and theory can relate to and from which they can learn. – Sim Van der Ryn, author Ecological Design and Design for Life, Former State Architect, California

Integral Sustainable Design presents a holistic theoretical framework, which both encompasses and integrates all the perspectives and disciplines that must be considered if we are to create a sustainable society worth sustaining. It could well turn out to be the most important book yet published on sustainable design. – Gary J. Coates, Victor L. Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair, Department of Architecture, Kansas State University; author of The Architecture of Carl Nyrén, Erik Asmussen, Architect, and Resettling America: Energy, Ecology and Community

Integral Sustainable Design gives designers a pragmatic and powerful process by which to make explicit the experiential and cultural dimensions so often left out of the common approaches to design. Both the design community at large and students of Integral Theory in other contexts will find DeKay’s volume of great value. Timely, quite unique, and much needed! – Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D., John F. Kennedy University, co-author of Integral Ecology and editor of Integral Theory in Action