Reading Material & Resources

The following titles and resources were suggested by SOKC members, SOKC and OSN listserv members, and board members.


  • “The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It’s Too Late,” Thom Hartmann
  • “Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming,” Paul Hawken
  • “The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience,” by Rob Hopkins
  • “Peak Everything,” by Richard Heinberg
  • “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture” by Toby Hemingway
  • “The Backyard Homestead” edited by Carleen Madigan
  • “Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces” by Patricia Lanza
  • “Square-Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew
  • ”The Resilient Gardener” by Carol Deppe
  • “The Organic Life” by Joan Dye Gussow
  • “Permaculture in a Nutshell” by Patrick Whitefield
  • “Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible” by Herl Mindell
  • “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver
  • “Root Cellaring” by Mike & Nancy Bubel
  • “Home Cheese Making” by Ricki Carroll
  • “The Cheese Chronicles” by Liz Thorpe
  • “Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage and Lactic Fermentation” by The Gardeners and Farmers of Terra Vivante
  • “The Next Green Revolution” by Horne & McDermott
  • “Holy Cows & Hog Heaven” by Joel Salatin
  • “Closing the Food Gap,” by Mark Winne
  • “Slow Food” by Carlo Petrini
  • “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser
  • “Closer to Home: Healthier Food, Farms & Families in Oklahoma” by the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • A Field Guide to Sprawl – Dolores Hayden and Jim Wark
  • A Place in Space – Gary Snyder
  • A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
  • Biomimicry – Janine Benyus
  • Cities for a Small Planet – Richard Rogers
  • Cradle to Cradle,” by William McDonough
  • “Ecology of Commerce,” by Paul Hawken
  • “The Environmental Pendulum,” by R. Allan Freeze
  • Faith and Fortune
  • For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future (Paperback) – Herman E. Daly
  • From Naked Ape to Superspecies – David Suzuki, Holly Dressel
  • Governing the Commons - Elinor Ostrom, ISBN 0-521-40599-8
  • The Logic of Self-Sufficiency – Thomas Princen
  • Mid-course Correction – Ray Anderson
  • My name is Chellis and I’m in recovery from Western Civilization – Chellis Glendinnig
  • Natural Capitalism, Creating the Next Industrial Revolution – Paul Hawkin and Amory and Hunter Lovins
  • Our Stolen Future
  • “Population Bomb,” Paul Erlich
  • “Silent Spring,” by Rachel Carson
  • “Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs: The Thrivalist’s Guide to Life Without Oil,” by Wendy Brown
  • “The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It” by John Seymour
  • “Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens” by Kathy Harrison
  • “Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook” by Peggy Layton
  • “The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience” by Rob Hopkins
  • “Mini-Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre” by Mark Ham
  • “How to Grow More Vegetables” by John Jeavons
  • “The Organic Grower” by Eliot Coleman
  • “Four-Season Harvest” by Eliot Coleman
  • State of Fear -  Michael Crichton [alternative perspective]
  • World Watch Institute publications



Graduate Studio Reading List

Compliments of Mack Caldwell

The following books are those that the faculty and alumni have found useful in understanding themselves and others, creativity and architecture, and sustainability and regional response. Your contribution to this growing list will be valuable to those who follow you in pursuit of an architecture based on the “bedrock qualities of environmental and human-centered design [that] allow us to reassert the deeper values and meanings to be found in the built environment.” (Croxton, 2000)

  • The Sacred Balance*
  • For an Architecture of Reality*
  • Silent Spring
  • Sustainable Architecture White Papers*
  • Ecological Design
  • Mid-Course Correction
  • Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: A Call
  • To Those Who Would Save the Earth
  • The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability
  • The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability
  • Biomimicry*
  • Housing By People
  • Sun, Wind, and Light*
  • The Climatic Dwelling*
  • Daylighting for Sustainable Design
  • The Passive Solar Energy Book
  • Green Architecture*
  • Green Building Guidelines
  • Visual Notes
  • Designing with Nature: The Ecological Basis for Architectural Design
  • The Green Skyscraper
  • The Power of Limits
  • A Green Vitruvious*
  • A Brief History of Everything
  • The Healing House
  • Natural Energy and Vernacular Architecture
  • Vernacular Spectacular
  • Mud, Space and Spirit
  • The Place of Houses*
  • Goff on Goff
  • Big & Green*
  • The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design
  • The Philosophy of Sustainable Design*
  • LEED Reference Guide*

* Books that are required to be on hand in studio.

Use Less Stuff Reading List

Compliments of Susie Shields is available at this link: ULSbooks.pdf

We welcome your suggestions for new books or resources.