In September 2000, urban designer and self-proclaimed anti-architect David Greenberg launched an international competition to solicit innovative, ecologically sound treehouse designs for implementation as hotels at far-flung resorts in Hawaii, China, Vietnam, and Fiji. Nearly 500 architects responded. This book compiles the top designs, chosen by an esteemed panel of judges.
One look at the fantastic structures presented here makes it clear this isn't Swiss Family Robinson territory: These treehouses are pure flights of fancy, many of which might fit in on the set of a science-fiction film, but at the same time they are ecological and make use of indigenous materials. Floor plans, computer-generated renderings, elevation plans, and scale models appear with the wildly creative designs, along with descriptive essays by the architects, bringing these high-tech, low-cost structures to life and giving readers a look into an environmentally-friendly architectural future that is already present.
In the 1970s, David Greenberg was the founder of Environmental Communications, the world's foremost architectural and planning educational distribution company, and is the author of numerous books and catalogs, including the landmark work Environmental Communications. He has built his own treehouses in Hawaii, which are available to travelers, and acts as a top consultant on ecotourism-resort projects in China and Hawaii. Greenberg lives in Hawaii.-------200 full-color illustrations, 156 pages, 9 x 7"
Hardcover with jacket