Bruce King’s book “The New Carbon Architecture —Building to Cool the Climate” is a tour of all the innovations in architecture and construction that have created a palette of carbon sucking materials. Aptly King calls these “building out of sky”— taking carbon, sunlight and water and turning it into building materials.
The mission with this book was to get the innovations out there as simply and as readably as possible, King asks the innovators for their elevator pitches, and each chapter is dedicated to an innovator and his material. The book is an easy and exciting guide to the new array of carbon sucking materials from fungi, to straw, to hemp and re-invented concrete. All of these materials can be used for furniture building as well!
King does acknowledge the problem with constant novel construction and admits that the first mission is “to reduce operating emissions from existing buildings, and that applies to all buildings.” whilst “the second is to reduce embodied emissions by renovating existing structures instead of building new ones.”
Time for a new read!