"The Contemporary Design Details" series takes a highly visual look at architectural design details that are more often dealt with in a technical textbook format. The books take readers on a tour of the best details designed by great architects around the world. The series provides a powerful presentation of the most challenging and evolving architectural and design categories. "Sustainable Environments" focuses on the type of architectural details in distinctive, sustainable residential spaces. It includes sections on components such as cooling or shading devices, building techniques that create minimal impact on the land, active systems and the use of new sustainable materials as well as those that are salvaged or recyclable. The book presents recent work by architects from around the globe in colour photographs and architectural drawings, and is structured according to categories of architectural detail.
Yenna Chan has taught design and architectural history in Boston, where she worked for the architectural journal Assemblage and practiced residential architecture at the firm of Robert Luchetti Associates. She received a Bachelor's of Architecture from Cornell University School of Architecture and received her Master's in Architectural Theory from Harvard Design School. She lives in New York, USA.