In Buildings are for People: Human Ecological Design, Bill Caplan issues a clarion call for the design/build professions to expand their concept of sustainable design to be more inclusive of the social, as well as the physical, environment.   Doing so, Caplan delivers what might be regarded by some as being nothing less than a manifesto for architects to take heed about doing a better job of interlinking people with ecosystems, at what he calls the “human ecological interface”.   Buildings, we are reminded, are much more than physical edifices that are constructed; rather, they can transform and in some cases actually create the ambient surroundings that they occupy.

Buildings are for People is, as its title states, above all else about our relationships to the built environments we create and inhabit.   It is a guidebook for achieving positive change in the way we reconfigure our world and our place therein.   As such, it should find prominent position on the shelf beside other likeminded and worthy tomes, which challenge and encourage us all to do better.

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Buildings Are for People: Human Ecological Design has been accredited by both the AIA and the IDCEC for 4 CE credits through a new Home Study Course offered by Design Arts Seminars for architects and designers.   The course, which includes the text, is available from Design Arts Seminars.   The book alone, without the online study questions and the ability for CE credit submission, is available from the RIBA bookstore, book sellers worldwide, and from Libri.

About the author:

Bill Caplan’s sensitivity to the connectivity of people, the human condition, and the built and natural environments has developed over a long career engaging high technology programs around the globe, from the human genome project to space exploration.   A decade of architectural and environmental research culminated in Buildings Are for People (Libri Publishing 2016) followed by his photojournalistic essay Contrasts 21c: People & Places – Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia (Libri Publishing 2018).   Caplan has been photographing people and places on five continents for over 40 years.   He holds a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Materials Engineering degree from Cornell.