ABOUT THE AUTHOR. c .
Peter van Dresser was born in New York City, son of a portraitpointer and a writer. He attended Cornell University, latsr became editorof Astronautics, Journal of the American Rocket Society, As a member ofthe Experiment Committoo he helped develop the first successful regenera-tive liquid-fueli rocket in America. (His papers from this period are now inthe Smithsonian.) By the 1930s he was building solar water heaters in Plor-Ida. In 1958, in Santa Fe, he built his first solar-heated house, one of thetwo UP&SD, continuously operating setor houses in the U.S. He and his wifenow live in a recently buiit suntempered house Bn northern New Mexico,An early and articulate defender of the environment, Peter van Dresseris a frequent speaker at universities and conferences, most recently inLondon at the International Conference on Solar Building Technology. Hisfirst book, A LANDSCAPE FOR HUMANS, has become a primer for plannersand a text for students throughout the world.Peter ven Dresser was an ecologist before the word entered the main-stream of the language. He continues, in this new book, to spell out prac-tical methods by which individuals in any region can help preserve our not-ural resources and the best of cultural traditions.
ABOUT THE BOOK. . .
IJOMEGROWN SUNDWELLINGS is the outgrowth of two years of re=search and experimentation by a team of architects, engineers, physicists,designers and builders, funded by the Four Corners Regionol Commission,under sponsorship of the Ghost Ranch Conference Center, Abiqulu, NM.The nrujor thrust of this program was the development of low-cost, low=technology, solar-heated dwellings sultoble for construction by owner*builders using native materials. A number of demonstratlon cottages werebuilt and will be monitored during several heating seasons by the Los Ala-mos Scientific Laboratory. The main purpose of this book is to show howsolar energy can be harnessed by simple methods, and how the use of renewable energy sources can help ease the fuel
impttre economicconditions,, and protect land, air and water against the menace of pollution-not only in New Msxico but wherever the
ISBN: O-89016-033-3 $5.95