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Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier:
400 pages, 8" x 10", with 15 illustrations & 225 photographs. Published by Knossus
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64 minute video. ©1995
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Design: Inventing the Future" airing on American Public Television
"Ecological Design: Inventing the Future", the
film that inspired the book "Design Outlaws on the Ecological Frontier"
and this website, will be broadcast on 49 public television stations throughout
the USA, 6 times over the course of the next 4 years. This is the film's
first national broadcast television debut in the USA and is distributed
by American Public Television under the auspices of APTV's Exchange Program.
NJN Public Television is the presenting station, and a list of the stations
that will be airing the film can be viewed by clicking
this link. While we are waiting to receive confirmations, expectations
are that many of the participating stations will be making the first broadcast
of the film on Earth Day, 2002 (April 22). Check with your local PBS station
(if it is on the list) to verify when it is airing near you. To read some
of the awards and press that the film has garnered to date, click
has arrived! The enhanced and expanded edition of: Design Outlaws on
the Ecological Frontier is now available!
book, now in its 5th printing, is the companion to the award winning film:
Ecological Design, Inventing the Future. It provides a priceless compendium
of knowledge, realities and tools for building a sustainable future.
more information on the book or to order,
Design Outlaws explores the various aspects of the solar energy movement,
with examples of solar architecture, breakthrough innovations in solar
panels, solar roofs and other forms of solar design. Once viewed as
a hobby for wealthy environmentalists, solar energy is now considered
an intelligent way to interact with the grid.
A major focus of Design Outlaws is upon renewable or regenerative
systems. These are items or processes that we use and depend on in
our daily lives.Examples include waste-water treatment, sewage treatment,
and transportation devices. Until relatively recently, most such systems
used technologies that consumed fossil fuels or utilized chemicals
to accomplish their tasks. Unfortunately, these processes have caused
great damage to the environment either through the process of their
extraction and creation, or through their consumption/ utilization.
Alternatively, renewable systems (such as solar energy) do not consume
fuels and leave toxic residues. Another example is wind-power, or
windmills. Living machines are the answer to processing waste-water
in an organic fashion, without harmful pathogens and chemicals.
A prevailing concept throughout the book, Design Outlaws and the documentary
film, Ecological Design: Inventing the Future, is that we have the
power to redesign and improve our environment in virtually every way.
Concepts as diverse as green architecture, alternative power sources
and the saving of rivers and wetlands are woven into an overriding
philosophy that describes a new mandate for living in harmony, rather
than in conflict with, our environment.
The trailblazers who contributed to Design Outlaws reads like a who's
who of ecological innovators and leaders. The list includes: Amory
Lovins, Anthony Walmsley, Arthur Young, Brendan O' Reagan, Brian Danitz,
Buckminster Fuller, Carol Franklin, Catherine Simon, Chris Zelov,
Christopher Alexander, David Sellers, Douglas Adams, Duane Elgin,
Edmund Bacon, Gail Vittori, James Wines, Jay Baldwin, Jean-Paul Polinere,
John Allen, John Todd, Harold Cohen, Hazel Henderson, Hunter Lovins,
Ian McHarg, Jaimie Lerner, Leslie Sauer, Mary Catherine Bateson, Mike
Corbett, Paolo Soleri, Paul MacCready, Peter Calthorpe, Pliny Fisk,
Steward Brand, Ted Nelson, Thomas Hughes, Tom Casey, Tony Gwilliam,