Books in BRief
shapes its own sustainability and comfort. cludes. However,
structure and re- Accompanying these stories are es- he sees the Chesa-
placing cir- says on the nature of design, the p e a k e B a y P ro -
cuits — or even future of workplaces, the relation- gram’s light-green
memories — that ship between building design and approach being re-
had been lost or personal values, and hope for resolv- peated in estuaries
damaged. She ing tensions between executives and around North
also describes re- designers. The volume also includes America and be-
cent observations descriptions of change-design activi- yond. He hopes
about how the ties that you can organize in your that conservation-
brain perceives own workplace. ists will change course and accept
reality: “Our brains Change Design is a delightful show- confrontation as necessary for reform.
have minds of their own,” she says. In and-tell of architectural improve- Ernst’s Fight for the Bay is an inci-
other words, no two people will taste, ments and their tangible benefits. sive look at an important ecosystem
smell, or feel in the same way. Artists, business leaders, and profes- and what communities everywhere
Brynie’s Brain Sense is a fascinating sionals of all kinds may find it infor- can learn from it. Researchers, envi-
look at what it means to be human mative and inspirational. ronmentalists, and political activists
and conscious. It is also an exciting of all kinds may find it an enlighten-
preview of treatments that doctors ing read.
might one day achieve.
What the Chesapeake Bay
Can Teach Conservationists
Alarmingly Practical Advice
Workplaces for Fight for the Bay: Why a Dark Green For Doomsday
Changing Times Environmental Awakening is Needed to
Save the Chesapeake Bay by Howard R. How to Survive the End of the World As
Change Design: Conversations about Ernst. Rowman & Littlefield. 2009. 144 We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and
Architecture as the Ultimate Business pages. Paperback. $19.95. Technologies for Uncertain Times by
Tool by NBBJ and Bruce Mau. Greenway. James Wesley Rawles. Plume. 2009. 153
2009. 250 pages. $59.95. Pollution has reduced more than pages. Paperback. $17.
400 water ecosystems around the
A well-designed building encour- world to “dead z