National Library of Australia

You must be logged in to Tag Records
Gray world, green heart : technology, nature, and sustainable landscape / Robert L. Thayer, Jr
Bib ID 1632992
Format BookBook
Thayer, Robert L
Related Online
Description New York : Wiley, c1994 
xviii, 352 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 047157273X

Wiley series in sustainable design.


"In Gray World, Green Heart, Robert Thayer identifies three conflicting forces - topophilia (love of land and nature), technophilia (affection for and dependence upon technology), and technophobia (fear of the negative side-effects of technology) - which he believes are at the heart of the current environmental crisis. These forces, he contends, coexist yet often compete within each of us, giving rise to "an oppressive sense of connection between our lifestyles, the immediate surroundings in which we live, play, and work, and the environmental and social problems looming in at large." Paradoxically, according to Thayer, we compound the problem, appeasing our guilty consciences by hiding air conditioners behind redwood fences and using consumptive technologies to build fake waterfalls, volcanoes, and other superficial simulations of nature." "Thayer offers a viable alternative to hollow, symbolic solutions to our environmental crisis in the form of sustainable landscapes. What he gives us, in fact, is nothing less than a theoretical framework upon which to build a future in which technologies serve rather than dominate nature." "Thayer proposes a piece-by-piece transformation of our world from one based on resource consumption and "landscape guilt" to a network of interrelated, community-based living systems that operate in harmony with one another: sustainable landscapes that would conserve resources and preserve their essential ecological characteristics." "Richly supported with concrete examples of how technological systems might be transformed, this book focuses on the unself-conscious public and private spaces that define our everyday landscape from coast to coast. Numerous illustrations and diagrams clarify both the problems that face us and the solutions Thayer offers." "For all planners, environmental designers, educators, and students alike, Gray World, Green Heart offers a bold vision of landscape which transcends the conflict between technological determinism and resilient public affection for nature. It challenges us to embrace a future in which ecological functions are served by sustainable technology and delightfully expressed in the landscape itself."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Machine derived contents note: Gray World, Green Heart.
  • For Love of Land and Nature.
  • Technophilia and Landscape.
  • Technophobia and Landscape Guilt.
  • Gray World, Green Heart.
  • Technology In The Landscape: Dimensions, Dynamics, And Dilemmas.
  • Dimensions of Technology in the Landscape.
  • Dynamics and Philosophical Dilemmas.
  • The Changing Nature of Nature.
  • Reality, Unreality, and Hyperreality.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-342) and index.

Subjects Environmental degradation.  |  Human ecology.  |  Sustainable development.  |  Technology -- Social aspects.  |  Sustainable development  |  Technological change  |  Overseas item


    In the Library

    Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

    Details Collect From
    YY 363.7 T372 Main Reading Room

    Order a copy

    - Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

    Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
    close Can I borrow items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close What can I get online?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.