1st Edition

Post-Petroleum Design

ISBN 9781138853904
Published May 15, 2015 by Routledge
258 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Despite the growing demand for design strategies to reduce our petroleum use, no one has yet brought together the lessons of the world’s leading post-petroleum designers into a single resource. Post-Petroleum Design brings them together for the first time.

Readers will be introduced to the most current, innovative, plastic-and petroleum-free products and projects in industrial design, architecture, transportation, electronics, apparel and more. Post-Petroleum Design explores firsthand the client and consumer motivations behind the demand, and shares the case studies, principles, best practices, risks and opportunities of the world’s leading post-petroleum design experts who are already meeting that demand. It introduces 40 inspiring individuals from across the globe; people like Eben Bayer, the American innovator whose company, Ecovative, is growing houses from mushrooms; Mohammed Bah Abba, whose Zeer Pot is helping families keep produce fresh in the sweltering Nigerian summer without electricity; and the engineers at Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios whose Biome car evolves from genetically engineered DNA.

Post-Petroleum Design gives design professionals the information they need to research, evaluate, and select materials, technologies and design strategies that meet the growing demand for sustainable design, plastic-free materials and process energy conservation. Designer profiles, studies, statistics and many colour illustrations all highlight the work—some of the best design work to be found anywhere, and showcased here for the first time.

Table of Contents

List of Figures  Preface  Acknowledgments  Introduction  Part 1: Oil and Its Impacts 1. The Golden Age of Oil  2. The End of Oil  3. Grasping for More  Part 2: Oil and Plastic 4. Just One Word—Plastic  5. Plastic Pollution  6. Toxicity  Part 3: Post-Petroleum Design 7. What Is Post-Petroleum Design?  8. Transportation  9. Electronics  10. Packaging  11. Services  12. Sports and Recreation  13. Buildings and Building Materials  14. Furnishings and Housewares  15. Clothing  Part 4: Building a Post-Petroleum World 16. Post-Petroleum Manufacturing  17. New Life for Old Plastic  18. Bioplastics  19. Nanoplastics  Part 5: Principles of Post-Petroleum Design 20. Cycles and Flows  21. Resilience and Interdependence  Part 6: Life in the Post-Petroleum Era 22. Post-Petroleum Consumers  23. Regulations and Incentives  24. Challenges in Post-Petroleum Design  25. Designing Our Post-Petroleum Future  Index

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George Elvin is the founder of Gone Studio, the company pioneering post-petroleum design through zero-plastic, zero-waste, zero-electricity manufacturing. His designs have been featured by the Discovery Channel, Macworld, Treehugger, and over 50 other green design venues. The author of over 40 books and articles, his work on green design and technology has been published by Routledge, Wiley and Princeton Architectural Press, among others. Previous positions have included Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois and Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at Ball State University in Indiana.


"Post-Petroleum Design is a must read for anyone wondering how we built our plastics economy - and how we might move beyond it. George Elvin elegantly weaves historical perspective, technical data, and persuasive first person design narratives into a compelling story which also includes actionable design principles. Post-Petroleum Design is both inspiring and a valuable technical reference, my favorite kind of book!" - Eben Bayer, CEO and Co-founder of Ecovative, USA

"George Elvin's book doesn't stop at outlining our path of self-destruction but goes on to share real solutions. Projects and endeavors from people across many different cultures, and in a range of scales, prove that we can all make a change in our corner of the world." - Kenneth Cobonpue, Owner of Kenneth Cobonpue, Philippines