Books Luis De Garrido

“Social Green Housing”

Monsa Publishers. english/spanish. 2015
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN. 978-84-15829-84-3
144 pages full color. 18 * 23 cm. Hardcover
More than 300 illustrations
PVP: 20’00 euro

This book describes the factors to be taken into account to achieve new and advanced typologies of ecological and bioclimatic social housing, able to meet the needs of its occupants, and with which social housing complex can be designed, perfectly integrated in the urban and social structure of the cities, and allowing them to evolve in the desired direction.

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This book describes the factors to be taken into account to achieve new and advanced typologies of ecological and bioclimatic social housing, able to meet the needs of its occupants, and with which social housing complex can be designed, perfectly integrated in the urban and social structure of the cities, and allowing them to evolve in the desired direction.

First, by analyzing the most important social housing buildings in USA, Europe and Latin America, provides a list of the major problems associated with social housing (poor quality, poor creative projects, devalued image market, high dissatisfaction of occupants, location devaluation of land, distant location favoring social segregation, poor functional diversity (commuter towns), high density buildings, etc …).

Following an exhaustive comparative analysis of these problems, and based on the different successful experiences that have been made in several cities on the planet, it is possible to identify a set of parameters to be considered, in order to achieve the best possible social housing typologies for each particular environment. Specifically, Luis De Garrido analyzes in this book 22 parameters that he has identified, and that he takes into account in his professional work.

Finally a design strategy and the parameters to be considered for social housing design with the highest possible ecological and bioclimatic level, capable of being thermally self regulated, is described (without the need of technological devices, and at the lowest possible price). As social housing is the architectural typology with the lowest budget, the most effective ecological and bioclimatic actions, with no additional costs, must be carefully chosen.

To illustrate the concepts presented some of the most advanced social housing complexes, designed by Luis de Garrido, are analyzed in depth.

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Libro Luis De Garrido. Green Container Architecture

“Green Container Architecture”

Monsa Publishers. english/spanish. 2015
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN. 978-84-15829-81-2
144 pages full color. 18 * 23 cm. Hardcover
More than 300 illustrations
PVP: 20’00 euro

The book aims to demonstrate a methodology to achieve a green and cheap architecture using containers.

The containers have been designed to store and transport goods over long distances, and in a tight, economical and safe way. However, it also happens, the curious coincidence that the spaces that have been designed for storing and transporting goods, have a proper human scale. That is, they are also valid for designing living spaces.

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The book aims to demonstrate a methodology to achieve a green and cheap architecture using containers.

The containers have been designed to store and transport goods over long distances, and in a tight, economical and safe way. However, it also happens, the curious coincidence that the spaces that have been designed for storing and transporting goods, have a proper human scale. That is, they are also valid for designing living spaces.

However containershave not been designedto belived in.

Therefore, the first thing to be done when using containers in architecture is to ensure the minimum conditions of habitability inside. Something that is not taken into account by almost all the existing proposals and buildings. On the other hand, buildings by no means are “green” simply because they have been designed using containers. What’s more, most buildings made by containers offer poorer quality of life, and consume more energy than conventional buildings.

Therefore, Luis De Garrido analyzes all actions to be carried out in order to make habitable the buildings made ​​by containers, and also achieve real sustainable architecture using them.

These actions include:

  1. Ensure a properand effectivebioclimatic design
  2. Improvethethermal andacoustic behavior
  3. Provideinsulation onthe outside of thearchitecturalenvelope
  4. Harness the enormousthermal inertia of thecontainer
  5. Ensurebreathability andnaturalventilation
  6. Ensurewaterproofing, andprevent condensation
  7. Provide healthy, ecological and easily replaceable interior finishes
  8. Ensureelectromagnetic balanceand eliminatethe effect of “Faraday cage”
  9. Ensure the recovery, repair and reuse of components
  10. Optimize -as much as possible- resourcesand materials
  11. Decrease emissions as much as possible
  12. Reduce waste as much as possible
  13. Decreaseenergy consumption as much as possible

To illustrate these concepts, four advanced container projects designed by Luis De Garrido are analyzed in depth (R4House, Gaia-7, Anonymous-II and Happy City), including a lot of photographs of the construction process, and a lot of construction details.

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“Dream Green Architecture”

Monsa Publishers. english/spanish. 2014
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN. 978-84-15829-78-2
144 pages full color. 18 * 23 cm. Hardcover
More than 300 illustrations
PVP: 20’00 euro

This book describes the overall design strategy to achieve “good architecture” which successfully meets all our needs, provokes emotion within us and transcends us as humans.

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This book describes the overall design strategy to achieve “good architecture” which successfully meets all our needs, provokes emotion within us and transcends us as humans.
From our birth, we try to make sense of our existence. As we live we build upon our individuality, each and every one of our experiences is reflected in our character, our personality and our identity. In this sense, the different architectural spaces we have decided to inhabit sequentially accompany us along our life path, forming -without being aware of it- the idea of our own existence.
Perhaps this is why we live our lives trying to get a more, secure and happy future, and whenever we do, this future is often associated with the idea of living in a dream house in which to create our “home”. A home that will become a source of reflection, “a sounding board” for our own existence, one that is able to meet our physical, family, social, emotional, psychological and even spiritual needs. For this reason an ideal home usually is named our “dream house”. And by extrapolation architecture that is good in every way is usually named “good architecture”.
Presumably “good architecture” must meet all possible parameters, well above the “Firmitas”, “Utilitas” and “Venustas” minimum ones. But the problem is that in most cases the professionals in architecture, at the beginning of the design process; tend to minimize the number of possible parameters, in order to greatly simplify the design problem. As if that were not enough, they tend to give more importance to certain whimsical and free parameters, set by themselves, in order to meet their banal personal desires, ignoring other parameters that are critical for the customer, environment, society and to the natural ecosystem.
Therefore, in this book the minimum standards that must be met to achieve a good architecture are analyzed. Good architecture must meet the personal, physical, family, social, economic, ecological, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of its occupants; fully integrated architecture in the natural ecosystem.
To illustrate these concepts, some of the most advanced buildings designed by Luis De Garrido are analyzed in depth.

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“Arquitectura y Salud”

Monsa Publishers. spanish. 2014
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN. 978-84-15829-74-4
144 pages full color. 18 * 23 cm. Hardcover
More than 300 illustrations
PVP: 20’00 euro

In the book are analyzed with extreme rigor, without being alarmist, all pathogens associated with architecture, its impact on human health is studied and materials and alternative technologies are proposed. On the other hand, when it is not possible to eliminate some of the harmful materials or technologies, the most appropriate correction mechanisms are proposed.

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In the book are analyzed with extreme rigor, without being alarmist, all pathogens associated with architecture, its impact on human health is studied and materials and alternative technologies are proposed. On the other hand, when it is not possible to eliminate some of the harmful materials or technologies, the most appropriate correction mechanisms are proposed.
In the first part of the book, for the purpose of designing an architecture that ensures the well-being and health of its occupants, Luis De Garrido has identified the main polluting elements in architecture, which are:
1. Gases
Ozone, radon, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, tobacco smoke, electronic cigarette gases.
2. Volatile organic compounds
Ammonia, acrylonitrile, benzene, butadiene, vinyl chloride, chlorine, chloroform, Chlorofluorocarbons, Chlorodifluoromethane, dioxins, furans, biphenyls, styrene, phenols, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, polychlorinated biphenyls, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, tetrachlorethylene, carbon tetrachloride, trichlorethylene, toluene, xylenes.
3. Particulate matter (PM10)
Aluminum, amphibole asbestos, cadmium, copper, Chrysotile Asbestos, Titanium Dioxide, fiberglass, rock wool, mercury, lead.
4. Bioparticles
Polen, Detritus, mites, viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa
5. Sound Waves
6. Electromagnetic radiation:
a) Ionizing radiation (cosmic radiation, radioactivity, X-rays, ultraviolet radiation);
b) non-ionizing radiation (light, infrared radiation, microwave, telecommunications waves, artificial low frequency electromagnetic fields, natural electromagnetic fields, underground water currents.
7. Ionization
In the second part of the book, and based on the analysis of these pollutants, Luis De Garrido identifies the architectural components most harmful to our health, that, in order of danger, are as follows: Paintings, air conditioning systems, wood treatments and derivatives, coatings textiles, laminated panels, fiber cement honeycombs, insulation materials, mechanical ventilation ducts, furniture, and secondhand smoke.
Given this comprehensive analysis, in the third part of the book is identified a design methodology to achieve a healthy, green architecture, able to improve the welfare, health and quality of life of people.

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“Arquitectura Bioclimática Extrema”

Monsa Publishers. spanish. 2014
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN. 978-84-15829-55-3
112 pages full color. 22 * 24 cm.
More than 150 illustrations and 20 bioclimatic schemes
PVP: 14’90 euro

This book shows a design methodology to achieve an “extreme bioclimatic architecture”, emphasizing the necessary architectural bioclimatic strategies.

Currently terms as “green” and “sustainable” have been manipulated and corrupted to the point that they have no meaning, and therefore have little use, just an opportunistic media utility.

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This book shows a design methodology to achieve an “extreme bioclimatic architecture”, emphasizing the necessary architectural bioclimatic strategies.

Currently terms as “green” and “sustainable” have been manipulated and corrupted to the point that they have no meaning, and therefore have little use, just an opportunistic media utility. The same is true with respect to “bioclimatic architecture” or “passive strategies.” The terms have been corrupted to the point that today are meaningless, and just any little excuse is needed (however insignificant as: cross ventilation, solar protection…) to use them.

But you can go much further because an architecture capable of thermally self-regulate can be achieved, due only to its special design and without using technological devices. An architecture that consumes the least amount of energy, and does not have a substantial economic cost overrun: an “extreme bioclimatic architecture”.

In the first part of the book and to achieve an extreme bioclimatic architecture capable of thermally self-regulate Luis De Garrido has identified a very special architectural design methodology based on establishing “initial fuzzy bioclimatic proto-solutions” and the use of “bioclimatic architecture strategies”. These bioclimatic architectural strategies are different configurations of architectural elements, conveniently designed, to keep the building warm or cold, without technological devices.

In the second part of the book Luis De Garrido analyzes in detail all known bioclimatic architectural strategies:

  1. Architecturalstrategiesto generate heat andcool
  2. Architecturalstrategiesfor accumulatingheat and cool
  3. Architecturalstrategiesto transfer heat and cool

Finally, to illustrate the discussed concepts, some of the latest and advanced bioclimatic buildings designed by Luis De Garrido are analyzed in depth.

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“Arquitectura Energía-Cero”

Monsa Publishers. spanish. 2014
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN. 978-84-15829-54-6
112 pages full color. 22 * 24 cm.
More than 150 illustrations and 20 bioclimatic schemes
PVP: 14’90 euro

The book describes the overall design strategy to achieve an architecture of zero-energy consumption, at the lowest possible economic cost, and with the least amount of artifacts.

The huge existing economic interests in our society have completely distorted the concept of “sustainable development” and the concept of “sustainable architecture” or “green architecture”.

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The book describes the overall design strategy to achieve an architecture of zero-energy consumption, at the lowest possible economic cost, and with the least amount of artifacts.

The huge existing economic interests in our society have completely distorted the concept of “sustainable development” and the concept of “sustainable architecture” or “green architecture”.

In this context, the term “zero-energy architecture” seems to refer to an architecture that does not consume energy, but this is not true. Almost all buildings that are qualified by the term “zero-energy buildings” simply have just hardly reduced its energy consumption, and have been filled with energy generators artifacts, so that the energy generated by these devices matches the energy consumed by the building.

It other words, it is a not evolved architecture, full of “technological additives” to generate energy. These technological additives have a very high price and very reduced life cycle, and in less than a few years they become waste.

However, a true “zero-energy architecture” at very low price can be achieved, reversing the terms. First a refined bioclimatic design should be done, in order that the resulting building has the least possible energy needs, and therefore the least possible need for artifacts.

Second, the few needed artifacts should be suitably chosen, and must be used as little as possible. Thus a true architecture of zero-energy consumption can be achieved without increasing the price, and capable of ensuring the well-being of its occupants.

To illustrate the concepts some of the latest and most advanced buildings with zero energy consumption designed by Luis De Garrido are analyzed in depth.

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“Luis De Garrido. The Architect of Architecture”

Casas Internacional. Nobuko Publishers. english/spanish. 2013
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN: 978-987-29499-1-4
72 pages full color. 24 * 26 cm.
More than 140 illustrations and 20 bioclimatic sketches
Price: 70$

Suzanne Holt Ballard, PhD. Architect and professor of architecture at the University of Ohio (USA) declares that Luis De Garrido is “The Architect of Architecture”, because he has been able to model a New Paradigm in Architecture, based on a deep respect and understanding of nature, and fully integrated with the ecological ecosystem.

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Suzanne Holt Ballard, PhD. Architect and professor of architecture at the University of Ohio (USA) declares that Luis De Garrido is “The Architect of Architecture”, because he has been able to model a New Paradigm in Architecture, based on a deep respect and understanding of nature, and fully integrated with the ecological ecosystem.

In this regard, Luis de Garrido has been both a visionary and a pioneer, since long before others, he had come to build a “living architecture”, Luis de Garrido had created architectural prototypes with an infinite life cycle, able to be renewed, repaired and regenerated like living organisms. An architecture with no emissions, with zero-energy consumption, and self sufficient in water, energy and food.

To illustrate some of the basic concepts of the New Architectural Paradigm proposed by Luis De Garrido, this book discusses in detail some of his more suggestive and advanced projects.

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“Arquitectura para la Felicidad”

Monsa Publishers. spanish. 2013
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN 978-84-15223-93-1
96 pages full color. 20’3 * 20’5 cm.
More than 200 illustrations and 60 bioclimatic sketches
Price: 12’00 euro

Achieve happiness seems to be the most important goal of all humans, even though they do not know very well what it is, or how to get it.

In addition, people are not aware that their built environment, architecture, can provide a high degree of happiness, provided that it has been conveniently designed.

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Achieve happiness seems to be the most important goal of all humans, even though they do not know very well what it is, or how to get it.

In addition, people are not aware that their built environment, architecture, can provide a high degree of happiness, provided that it has been conveniently designed. Therefore, in this book, Luis De Garrido outlines a basic and proven strategy for achieving happiness, emphasizing its reducing and amplifiers factors, and provides the conceptual basis for a new paradigm in architecture, integrated in nature, and able to make happy to its occupants.

This new paradigm must accommodate any social and cultural environment, so that in each it will have slightly different parameters. However, based on the above, a set of parameters common to any environment can be identified, which are essential to promote and amplify our happiness:

  1. Thermal Balance
  2. Seasonal temperature variation
  3. Natural Lighting
  4. Simplicity and low maintenance technology
  5. Natural Materials
  6. Simple architectural design and not monotonous
  7. Right colors
  8. Sense of security and privacy
  9. Beauty
  10. Absence of pathogens
  11. Breathability
  12. Encourage the personal and social relationships
  13. Self-sufficiency (energy, water and food)

Considering all these parameters buildings capable of stimulating and amplify the happiness of its occupants can be designed.

To illustrate the above six innovative and advanced projects by Luis De Garrido are discussed in depth.

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“Design Practice of the New Architectural Paradigm”

Sintesis Arquitectura Publishers. english/spanish. 2013
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN 978-84-94009-40-2
216 pages. 23’00 * 22’00 cm.
More than 300 illustrations and 40 bioclimatic sketches
Price: 29’50 euro

In the first part of the book Luis De Garrido reflects on the need to establish an artificial ecosystem, which regulates the activity of humans, and the products developed by them, and consequently the need for a new paradigm in architecture.

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In the first part of the book Luis De Garrido reflects on the need to establish an artificial ecosystem, which regulates the activity of humans, and the products developed by them, and consequently the need for a new paradigm in architecture.

For this purpose a design strategy, which on one hand allows designing and constructing buildings perfectly integrated into the natural ecosystem, and secondly allows the evaluation of existing buildings is established.

To define the strategy of sustainable design a set of indicators and a set of architectural actions, as well as a project methodology and a new architectural syntax are set.

The design strategy described allows constructing buildings based on industrialized components that can be easily assembled, and likewise, recovered, repaired and reused any number of times. Consequently removable, portable, scalable and reconfigurable buildings can be obtained, which do not generate waste, and having an infinite life cycle.

However, the most important part of the book is the definition of a strategy of bioclimatic design that allows the design of different building typologies with negligible power consumption, and capable of thermally self-regulate due only to its architectural design, with no need of technological devices. As a result energy self-sufficient buildings -with the least possible economic cost- can be achieved.

Finally, the book describes a design strategy to achieve energy self-sufficient architecture, water and food at the lowest possible cost.

In the last part of the book various projects carried out by Luis De Garrido are discussed in detail, in order to illustrate different manifestations of the same paradigm.

Due to its high conceptual level the book is specifically appropriate for University professors that teach subjects of sustainable architecture.

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“Self-Sufficient Green Architecture”

Monsa Publishers. english/spanish. 2012
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN 978-84-15223-76-4
96 pages full color. 20’3 * 20’5 cm.
More than 150 illustrations and 60 bioclimatic sketches
Price: 12’00 euro

The book aims to establish a design process to achieve an advanced architecture self-sufficient in energy, water and food at the lowest possible price, so that it could be available to most citizens.

At present, and driven by economic interests, a “technology additive model“ of self-sufficient architecture seeks to be established in our society.

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The book aims to establish a design process to achieve an advanced architecture self-sufficient in energy, water and food at the lowest possible price, so that it could be available to most citizens.

At present, and driven by economic interests, a “technology additive model“ of self-sufficient architecture seeks to be established in our society. This model does not improve architecture, does not educate society, and simply encourages the consumption of a large number of energy generators, water treatment artifacts and all kinds of technological devices, and forcibly incorporates them into buildings. The problem is that the fabrication, installation and maintenance of these added devices consumes a lot of energy and resources, and generates a lot of waste and emissions. On the other hand, these “technological additives” have a finite life cycle, so that they become waste within a few years, and they must be continuously replaced. Therefore it can not be said, in any way, that this model of architecture is “sustainable”, “ecological”, or “self-sufficient,” or anything like that, given its heavy dependence on technology with reduced life cycle. What’s more, the incorporation of the large number of required devices substantially increases the cost of the building, and does not promote the development and innovation of new architectural typologies. And what is worse promotes consumerism and technological dependence. The same can be said when referring to water, food, and any type of human needs.

Alternatively, this book aims to promote the establishment of a new model of self-sufficient architecture, called “integrated architectural model”. This model consists of substantially improving the building design, educating society and integrating in the architecture the least amount possible of technological additives. Only by educating society the behavior and customs of each individual can be modified, and thus its needs (of energy, water, and resources) can be redefined and reduced; and only designing much better buildings their energy, water and resources consumption can be reduced drastically. Thus, the resulting buildings have very little need for energy, which can be generated by a minimal amount of technological devices, with a very small economic cost, and accessible to majority of society. Similarly, buildings can generate the basic food and water capable of ensuring the survival of its occupants.

But what is more important, from an architectural standpoint, is that the integrated architectural model encourages the creation of new architectural typologies, less arbitrary, more creative, more useful to society, more environmentally efficient, and able to evolve architecture in the right direction, and to integrate it into the natural ecosystem.

To illustrate this integrated architectural model, the book analyses five innovative and visionary architectural projects self-sufficient (in energy, water and food), made by Luis De Garrido.

The book has a strong educational and training purpose, but at the same time it is a professional and effective tool for all architects who wish to pursue an advanced architecture, self-sufficient in energy, water and food, at a cost affordable by the majority of the population.

Without a doubt, Self sufficient green architecture” is a book that will inspire future generations to understand the complexities of self-sufficient architectural design process, and accepts the challenge of making a truly integrated architecture in Nature.

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“Green in Green”. “Green roofs and vertical gardens”

Monsa Publishers. english/spanish. 2012
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN. 978-84-15223-41-2
96 pages full color. 20’3 * 20’5 cm.
More than 150 illustrations and 60 bioclimatic sketches
Price: 12’00 euro

This book aims to show the possibilities of vegetation as an additional compositional element in ecological architecture, making a comprehensive analysis of all types of green roofs and vertical gardens.

The vegetation, properly used, can be an advantage in the environmental performance of architecture (reduction of energy consumption, release of oxygen to the environment, improved quality of life, …) and it can have a multiplying effect in regard to their integration with nature.

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Thus the book begins by establishing technical and environmental requirements for building envelopes in order to ensure maximum energy efficiency and well-being of its occupants. On this basis, in the book the different existing types of green roofs and vertical gardens with maximum rigor and detail are discussed, and a number of bioclimatic schemes in which the behavior of a green roof is analyzed according to its composition is provided , the number of layers, isolation and thermal inertia. So complement all types of construction details are provided.

This book aims to show the possibilities of vegetation as an additional compositional element in ecological architecture, making a comprehensive analysis of all types of green roofs and vertical gardens.

The vegetation, properly used, can be an advantage in the environmental performance of architecture (reduction of energy consumption, release of oxygen to the environment, improved quality of life, …) and it can have a multiplying effect in regard to their integration with nature. In contrast, vegetation when used incorrectly, can have a significant and negative environmental impact (enormous water consumption, difficulty in recycling used water, plant death by deficiencies in irrigation, building parasites, high energy consumption …. ).

The study begins by establishing technical and environmental requirements to be met by architectural enveloping walls, in order to ensure maximum energy efficiency, and welfare of its occupants. Based on these requirements, the different types of green roof and vertical gardens are analyzed, with the utmost rigor and depth, therefore providing a large number of thermal and inertial schemes, and all kinds of construction details.

On the other hand, the book includes several lists with a variety of plant species suitable for use in both green roofs, as well as vertical gardens. Finally, the study includes a visionary proposal patented by Luis De Garrido, the “green curtain wall“, a new type of architectural envelope that can integrate walls, glass, hollow, green roofs and vertical gardens. This architectural envelope opens doors to creativity, innovation and integration of architecture with nature.

The book is completed with the analysis of several projects carried out by Luis De Garrido, that shows different possibilities for the integration of green roofs and vertical gardens in a truly ecological architecture.

Without a doubt, “Green in Green” is a book that will inspire future generations to understand the complexities of the integration of vegetation in architecture, and accepts the challenge of making a truly integrated architecture in Nature.

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“Un Nuevo Paradigma en Arquitectura”

Monsa Publishers. spanish. 2012
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN 978-84-152-2375-7
528 pages full color. 31’00 * 24’5 cm. Hardcover
More than 1.500 illustrations and 150 bioclimatic sketches
PVP: 29’90 euro

The book “A New Architectural Paradigm” describes the conceptual basis for a new paradigm in architecture, and a design process capable of achieving a seamless architecture in nature.

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The book “A New Architectural Paradigm” describes the conceptual basis for a new paradigm in architecture, and a design process capable of achieving a seamless architecture in nature.

In the first part of the book a comprehensive strategy to achieve an architecture perfectly integrated into the natural ecosystem is set out in detail. This strategy enables the design of any building, and at the same time can be used as an evaluation system of its environmental performance. To this end, a set of indicators and sustainable architectural strategies are established, necessary to achieve an integrated architecture in nature, at the lowest price possible. Finally, the 39 sustainability indicators have been thoroughly analyzed, in order to provide a detailed overview of the foundations of a new paradigm in architecture, and thus facilitate the adoption of new design strategies.

In the second part of the book a new design methodology that allows for a new architecture built into the natural ecosystem is proposed. This methodology also allows for the creation of creative cognitive networks, and can even use different search engines of the global network in order to enrich the architectural design process, reduce arbitrary component of any design, and stimulate creativity. The overall project methodology includes an innovative bioclimatic design methodology, in order to achieve an advanced architecture capable of thermally self regulate, just by design, without technological devices.

In the third part of the book 58 innovative projects carried out by Luis De Garrido are deeply analyzed, using the described design methodology, and which represent different manifestations of the same architectural paradigm.

The study of each project includes a general statement of its objectives, a sustainable analysis, the study of bioclimatic strategies used and the most outstanding innovations. However, the most important and relevant aspect of the book is comprehensive bioclimatic analysis of each project.

This analysis shows that it is possible to control climatic conditions inside buildings, simply by purely architectural decisions, without technological devices. Without a doubt, this is one of the most important contributions of Luis de Garrido to contemporary architecture.

In short, the book shows how to achieve an advanced new architecture built on a new artificial ecosystem, in turn integrated into the natural ecosystem. A high level bioclimatic architecture, with almost zero energy consumption, without creating any emissions, with an infinite life cycle, energy and water self-sufficient and even, in specific cases, food self-sufficient.

The book includes a preface written by some of the most prestigious architects and experts in sustainable and bioclimatic architecture, such as Ken Yeang, Mario Cucinella, Jacob van Rijs (MVRDV), Jonathan Hines, Suzanne Holt, Antonio Lamela, Emilio Ambasz, David Kirkland, Paloma Sobrini, Alfonso Palafox and Francesca Sorricarro and the former Minister of Environment of Spain, Cristina Narbona. These professionals undoubtedly legitimize and guarantee the high quality and utility of the book.

The book has a strong educational and training nature, but at the same time it is a professional and effective tool for all architects and builders, who wish to deal with the sustainable design of any building type.

Without a doubt, “A New Paradigm in Architecture” is a book that will inspire future generations to understand the complexity of architectural design process, and accept the challenge of making a truly integrated architecture in nature.

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“Sustainable Architecture with Containers”

Monsa Publishers. english/spanish. 2011
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN. 978-84-152-2335-1
96 pages full color. 20’3 * 20’5 cm.
More than 150 illustrations and 60 bioclimatic sketches
Price: 12’00 euro

The book aims to demonstrate a methodology for sustainable architecture using containers.

The containers have been designed to store and transport goods over long distances, and in a tight, economical and safe way. However, it also happens, the curious coincidence that the spaces that have been designed for storing and transporting goods, have a proper human scale.

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The book aims to demonstrate a methodology for sustainable architecture using containers.

The containers have been designed to store and transport goods over long distances, and in a tight, economical and safe way. However, it also happens, the curious coincidence that the spaces that have been designed for storing and transporting goods, have a proper human scale. That is, they are also valid for designing living spaces.

However, do not forget that the containers have not been designed to be lived in. Therefore, the first thing to be done when using containers in architecture is to ensure the minimum conditions of habitability inside. Something that is not taken into account by almost all the proposals, which actually constitute a “neo-shanty towns” camouflaged –with stunning external design- to be accepted by society. On the other hand, buildings by no means are “sustainable” simply because they have been designed using containers. What’s more, most buildings made by containers offer poorer quality of life, and consume more energy than conventional buildings.

Therefore, Luis De Garrido analyzes all actions to be carried out in order to make habitable the buildings made ​​by containers, and also achieve a deep green architecture using them.

The book has a strong educational and training value, but at the same time it is a professional and effective tool for all architects and builders, who wish to deal with the sustainable design of buildings made by containers.

Without doubt, “Sustainable Architecture Containers” is a book that will inspire future generations to understand the complexities of sustainable architectural design process, and accept the challenge of making a truly integrated architecture in Nature.

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Libro Luis De Garrido. Excelent Choice

“Excellent Choice”

Olesya Uteva Publishers. russian /english. 2011
Author: Luis De Garrido et al.
ISBN 978-1-56592-479-6
60 pages full color. 30 * 21 cm.
More than 150 illustrations

It is a simple book that aims the property development of ecological architecture in Russia and the Arab countries. The book is written in russian and english, and analyzes in detail the most exclusive, symbolic and luxurious dwellings designed by Luis De Garrido, such as Beardon Eco-House, Torres Eco-House, Nuñez Eco-House, Seve Eco-House, Villazón Eco-House, Green2House, Carolina Eco-House, Green Box, Eye of Horus Eco-House, etc ….

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It is a simple book that aims the property development of ecological architecture in Russia and the Arab countries. The book is written in russian and english, and analyzes in detail the most exclusive, symbolic and luxurious dwellings designed by Luis De Garrido, such as Beardon Eco-House, Torres Eco-House, Nuñez Eco-House, Seve Eco-House, Villazón Eco-House, Green2House, Carolina Eco-House, Green Box, Eye of Horus Eco-House, etc ….

The book shows the advantages of an ecological, bioclimatic and self-sufficient architecture for the most wealthy and privileged people on the planet, that presumably would not be interested in humility, energy saving, emission reduction, waste reduction etc …

In fact, green architecture not only contributes to the evolution of human being in perfect balance with the natural ecosystem, but also provides a huge quality of life; offers a big intellectual stimulation; ensures the health, welfare and happiness of its occupants, and provides our transcendence as human beings. A message that, without a doubt, is perfectly understood by the most privileged people on the planet.

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“Artificial Nature Architecture”

Monsa Publishers. english/spanish. 2011
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN 978-84-152-2319-1
96 pages full color. 20’3 * 20’5 cm.
More than 150 illustrations and 60 bioclimatic sketches
Price: 12’00 euro

The book’s aim is to analyze some of the most innovative projects of sustainable architecture that Luis De Garrido has made over the past two years (2009-2011), materializing their own concept of “Artificial Nature”

Luis de Garrido has matured in recent years a new innovative concept in architecture, calling it as “Artificial Nature Architecture”: an artificial ecological system that has its own rules, and develops in parallel with the natural ecological system.

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The book’s aim is to analyze some of the most innovative projects of sustainable architecture that Luis De Garrido has made over the past two years (2009-2011), materializing their own concept of “Artificial Nature”

Luis de Garrido has matured in recent years a new innovative concept in architecture, calling it as “Artificial Nature Architecture”: an artificial ecological system that has its own rules, and develops in parallel with the natural ecological system. Immersed in this artificial ecosystem, Luis De Garrido has signed a new architecture paradigm able to use a set of industrial architectural elements, ideal for creating buildings that have an infinite life cycle, and whose components can be recovered, repaired and reused in a continuous and permanent way, without producing waste and emissions. Similarly, these buildings can continuously grow, move, relocate and biodegrade, like living organisms. They have a really very low energy consumption, and the energy consumed has a naturally occurring (solar and geothermal, which is the same energy used by Nature organisms).

 

Without doubt, “Artificial Nature Architecture” is a book that will inspire future generations to understand the complexities of sustainable architectural design process, and accept the challenge of making a truly integrated architecture in Nature.

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“Container Atlas”. A practical guide to container architecture

Gestalten Publishers. english. 2010
Author: Luis De Garrido, Buchmeier, Slawik, Tinney, Bergmann et al.
ISBN 978-3-89955-286-7
256 pages full color. 31’00 * 24’50 cm. Hardcover

Container Atlas presents a wide range of contemporary projects including many ecological advanced projects by Luis De Garrido.

Shipping containers are modular, affordable, and virtually indestructible. More and more often they are being used to build temporary structures such as pavilions, offices, galleries, and bars that can be easily moved if necessary.

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Container Atlas presents a wide range of contemporary projects including many ecological advanced projects by Luis De Garrido.

Shipping containers are modular, affordable, and virtually indestructible. More and more often they are being used to build temporary structures such as pavilions, offices, galleries, and bars that can be easily moved if necessary. This phenomenon has a name: container architecture.

The book illustrates how containers are being used as building blocks to accommodate the daily lives and special events of urban nomads. Because the structures that containers are used to build are not meant to be permanent, their architecture has a more short-term and playful character that often references current trends. Container Atlas features advertising, pop-up stores, and temporary exhibits that are built using this approach as well as sophisticated housing and office spaces. Found in both urban and rural settings, these container structures provoke and inspire while setting new standards in functionality and aesthetics.

Including detailed reports by experts in the field, Container Atlas explains the historical development of container use in architecture, documents plans, describes associated costs, and suggests concrete solutions for common problems. The book also introduces the various types of containers currently in use today, from standard shipping models to modular pieces made to order out of various materials or with customized cutouts.

Container Atlas is a practical and inspirational reference for architects, planners, and cultural activists as well as event and marketing managers, to guide them in deciding what types of containers are best suited to their upcoming projects.

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“Bioclimatic Architecture”

Monsa Publishers. english/spanish. 2009
Author: Luis De Garrido et al.
ISBN 978-84-96823-41-9
240 pages full color. 31 * 24’5 cm. Hardcover

Bioclimatic design means being smart about how we use energy, water and materials in order to be successful in confort and without being unnecessary harmful with the environment and of course the contemporary view of modern architecture.

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Bioclimatic design means being smart about how we use energy, water and materials in order to be successful in confort and without being unnecessary harmful with the environment and of course the contemporary view of modern architecture.

This book teaches us that when the creative processes are used in combination with social, cultural and environmental systems, modern architecture meets without hesitation the artistic and sensible needs of present days without compromising the requirements of our future generations.

The book has a great professional utility and analyzes in depth various projects Luis De Garrido, including a variety of construction details, compositional diagrams and schemes of bioclimatic behavior.

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“New Green Homes”

Collins Design. HarperCollns Publishers. english. 2007
Author: Luis De Garrido et al.
ISBN 978-0-06-134826-6
192 pages full color. 29’5 * 24’5 cm. Hardcover

Exploring the world of eco-friendly architecture, this book is a must-have for architects and homeowners alike.

Filled cover to cover with beautiful, full-color photographs, architectural plans and detailed drawings, this book features more than 20 projects, including several advanced projects of Luis De Garrido.

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Exploring the world of eco-friendly architecture, this book is a must-have for architects and homeowners alike.

Filled cover to cover with beautiful, full-color photographs, architectural plans and detailed drawings, this book features more than 20 projects, including several advanced projects of Luis De Garrido.

New Green Homes presents the latest innovations in sustainable architecture and design. Projects include “green” houses, apartments, lofts, and cabins, and explore various aspects of eco-friendly design from its ecological and economical benefits to the factors that need to be considered when choosing materials, such as the amount of energy that went into manufacturing the product; its sustainability; the life-expectancy of its materials; and the question of if the materials used can be recycled or safely disposed of if they break down over time.

Specific topics covered include climate regulation, drainage systems, and regional planning. Each project contains photographs, floor and aerial plans, as well as detailed drawings that illustrate certain sustainable features revealing how much the parameters of ecological design have expanded in just a few short years.

For the environmentally and aesthetically conscious, New Green Homes is as poignant as refreshing. It′s the perfect resource for homeowners, designers, architects, and all clients interested in creating warm and inviting homes that cause only a fraction of the environmental impact of those created using conventional building methods.

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Análisis de Proyectos de Arquitectura Sostenible. Naturalezas Artificiales 2001-2008

McGraw-Hill Publishers. spanish. 2008
Author: Luis De Garrido
ISBN 978-84-481-6802-5
485 pages full color. 31 * 24’5 cm. Hardcover
More than 1.200 illustrations and 120 bioclimatic sketches
PVP: 45’00 euro

This is an ambitious book whose main objective is the establishment of the conceptual foundations to achieve an architecture with the highest possible ecological level, and identifying a general methodology of deep green architectural design.

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This is an ambitious book whose main objective is the establishment of the conceptual foundations to achieve an architecture with the highest possible ecological level, and identifying a general methodology of deep green architectural design.

In the first part of the book the green indicators and the architectural strategies necessary for a deep green architecture, at the lowest possible price, are established.

In the second part of the book the 39 previously identified green indicators are discussed in detail. The study of these indicators provides a holistic and complete overview of the fundamentals of a deep green architecture, and allows the adoption of different green architectural design strategies.

In the third part of the book a general ecological architectural design methodology is proposed, based on both ecological indicators and architectural strategies.

Finally, in the fourth part of the book, 64 projects by Luis De Garrido are discussed in depth, to illustrate how it has been applied in each the general design methodology described above.

This analysis also shows that it is possible to control the thermal conditions inside the buildings simply designing them correctly, without using technological devices, and therefore at the lowest energy consumption possible. Without a doubt this is one of the most important contributions of Luis de Garrido for contemporary architecture.

The book has a strong teaching and training purposes and at the same time is a professional and effective tool for all architects wishing to face the ecological project of any architectural typology.

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R4House: Reutiliza, Recupera, Recicla y Razona

ANAVIF Publishers. spanish. 2007
Author: Luis De Garrido
Depósito Legal V-2252-2007
232 pages full color. 30 * 21 cm.
More than 800 illustrations and 50 bioclimatic sketches
PVP: 20’00 euro

The book has as its primary objective the invitation to meditate once again on the stupid way of life established in our society, tuned exclusively by the interests of a few companies, a few religions and a few wealthy families.

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The book has as its primary objective the invitation to meditate once again on the stupid way of life established in our society, tuned exclusively by the interests of a few companies, a few religions and a few wealthy families. The lust for power and wealth of the few have huge side effects, such as widespread wastefulness, consumerism, encouraging mediocrity, huge energy consumption and, especially, huge generation of waste.

To make us meditate on this topic Luis De Garrido was proposed to build an attractive housing based solely on waste and discarded containers: R4House. He built the house in just three months and exhibited it in Barcelona, ​​where around 70,000 people were surprised about how much can be done using what we have just decided to throw it away.

With this premise, Luis De Garrido first establishes a general methodology to achieve an advanced architecture with the maximum ecological level possible, perfectly integrated into the natural ecosystem.
Second, the book provides a design methodology to achieve an ecological architecture using only industrial and urban waste.

Third, the book provides a methodology to achieve an ecological and bioclimatic architecture exclusively using containers.

Finally, the book analyzes in detail the design and construction process of R4House, including photographs of the construction process, as well as all kinds of construction details, layouts, drawings and compositional schemes.

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Alimentación sana para la longevidad y el mantenimiento

Robin Book Publishers. spanish. 1997
Author: Luis De Garrido et al.
ISBN 978-403-276-5
321 pages. 21’5 * 14 cm.
PVP: 18’00 euro

The book analyzes the general mechanism of human aging in order to make the appropriate changes in our habits and our diet, and thereby increase both our quality of life and our life expectancy.

First, Luis De Garrido identifies and analyzes in detail the food and dietary supplements that have traditionally been associated with human longevity, comparing the effectiveness of each of them with medical, biological and biochemical reasons.b

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The book analyzes the general mechanism of human aging in order to make the appropriate changes in our habits and our diet, and thereby increase both our quality of life and our life expectancy.

First, Luis De Garrido identifies and analyzes in detail the food and dietary supplements that have traditionally been associated with human longevity, comparing the effectiveness of each of them with medical, biological and biochemical reasons.

Second, the places in the world with the longest living people are identified, in order to detect environmental invariants that could well be replicated elsewhere.

Finally, the metabolic mechanisms that unfold when humans eat very little are analyzed, and the reasons why a frugal and vegetable diet increases our quality of life and longevity are discussed.

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“Metodología de optimización de estructuras metálicas, y desarrollo del software necesario”

McGraw-Hill Publishers. spanish. 1990

Author: Luis De Garrido

Depósito Legal V-1324-1990

313 pages. 31 * 24’5 cm.

PVP: 20’00 euro

This book describes the strategy to optimize the design of steel structures. Once completed the design of a particular structure, it is possible that the elements resulting from the standard design process are thicker, longer, thinner or shorter than strictly necessary.

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This book describes the strategy to optimize the design of steel structures. Once completed the design of a particular structure, it is possible that the elements resulting from the standard design process are thicker, longer, thinner or shorter than strictly necessary. Therefore, a certain structure can be optimized, and it can even change its shape and appearance, and can change the shape, length and thickness of its components. The result would be optimal in every way, and always the most economical.

The book also shows the resulting algorithms

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