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- How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand - an excellent book that explains what happens to buildings after they are built and how people adapt them as their needs change. Very useful chapter on planning buildings for business.
- A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander - a ground breaking work that formalized the notion that certain recurring conditions in the built environment are patterns that can be codified and replicated to good and beneficial effect.
- Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart - Sustainability is a catchy buzzword these days, covering everything from genuinely useful technologies and processes to dubious schemes where little more than the name is sustainable. McDonough and Braungart are real innovators in this field, and have a refreshingly nonjudgmental take on how to move towards better manufacturing and construction methods. Key Concept: "Waste Equals Food".