Buildings that Breathe: Greening the World’s Cities

Twenty-First Century. Nov. 2022. 112p. Tr $32.37. ISBN 9781728419466.
Gr 6-10–The climate crisis is changing the way we live and the buildings we live in. Castaldo’s work shares historical, scientific, and architectural interventions that help young readers understand how buildings can be designed for our changing climate. Focused on urban buildings, the text is clear and well cited, providing a sufficient depth of content. Importantly for young readers—and researchers—the glossary, references, bibliographies, and index are excellent tools to further the discussion or allow for a deeper dive into the topic. Castaldo also includes a list of suggested sites to visit and a calendar of events, encouraging young readers to explore the world outside the book. Throughout the text, there are sidebars offering a variety of engaging content, such as steps for “How can you help green your city or town?” an introduction to the “Library of Trees,” and even an explanation on “the importance of city-dwelling pollinators.” Photographs and illustrations support or expand on the text.
VERDICT An exciting opportunity to engage young readers with their world and the multidisciplinary researchers working on these big, global issues.

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