The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World’s Greenest Standard
The Living Building Challenge: Roots and Rise of the World’s Greenest Standard delves into the International Living Future Institute’s profoundly rigorous certification program recognized by the green design-build movement as the most inspirational and sustainable standard in the world. Author Mary Adam Thomas explores the history and ideas that influenced visionary designer Jason F. McLennan to develop the Challenge, reports on its dramatic launch, illuminates Living Building pioneers and groundbreaking projects, and summarizes the global attention the Standard generated in its first ten years. Dozens of industry notables add their voices to this narrative, rounding out a rich and engaging overview of the past, present, and highly anticipated future of the ILFI’s Living Building Challenge.
Mary Adam Thomas
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Mary Adam Thomas is an award-winning writer who has been helping tell the story of the Living Building Challenge since 2006. She is the author of two titles in the Living Building Challenge Series – The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape (2016) and Building in Bloom: The Making of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (2013). She collaborated with Jason F. McLennan on his collection of essays, Zugunruhe: The Inner Migration to Profound Environmental Change, and contributed the introduction to his follow-up book, Transformational Thought: Radical Ideas to Remake the Built Environment. In addition, she provided editorial support for Living Building Education: The Evolution of Bertschi School’s Science Wing and Busby: Architecture’s New Edges. Mary is also the collaborative author, with Andrew Schorr, of The Web-Savvy Patient: An Insider’s Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis.