In the end, the two-part book is about the value of time and the importance of not taking too much from your life.
“I’ve been a big believer in building things in the space where you can actually have a meaningful life,” said Ms. Fennell, whose work focuses on the intersection of urban design and sustainability.
“But you also need time to be intentional, and that’s where time becomes so valuable.”
For a book about the relationship between design and the environment, this is a biggie.
I’m not sure where I would be without this book.
In part two, Ms. Smith-Cromartie outlines a series of strategies for building your own urban house, complete with photos and videos.
She describes her approach as an exploration of a couple of different methods of building.
The first is using mulch.
The second is using your own soil and soil-related materials to make the building materials you’re building in.
These materials are then combined with other materials to create a whole new building form.
For her, it all started with a garden that she used as a base for her house.
“My dad was a gardener in his day,” she said.
“He used to come out and grow vegetables in the back yard.
So when I was a kid, I started growing my own mulch and making mulch from that.
That’s how I found out about the whole idea of urban housebuilding.”
Ms. Cromarties book, The Urbanist, is now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks.