The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention / Edition 1

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Overview

The environmental movement has often been accused of being overly negative-trying to stop "progress". The Nature of Design, on the other hand, is about starting things, specifically an ecological design revolution that changes how we provide food, shelter, energy, materials, livelihood, and deal with waste. Ecological design is an emerging field aiming to recalibrate what humans do in the world with how the world works as a biophysical system. Design in this sense is a large concept having to do as much with politics and ethics as with buildings and technology. This is a book that combines theory, practicality, and action.
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After Orr (environmental studies, Oberlin College) embarked on what was to be a fairly straightforward ecological design project on campus, he found himself entangled with architects, engineers, materials scientists, landscape ecologists, philosophers, fund- raisers, and other exotic professionals. The 21 essays here emerged from that experience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195173680
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,160,461
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David W. Orr is Professor and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College. He is the author of Ecological Literacy and Earth in Mind, as well as more than 100 published articles. Among other awards, he has received a Lyndhurst Prize Fellowship and the National Wildlife Federation's National Achievement Award.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the design of culture and the culture of design 3
2 Human ecology as a problem of ecological design 13
3 Slow knowledge 35
4 Speed 43
5 Verbicide 53
6 Technological fundamentalism 61
7 Ideasclerosis 68
8 Ideasclerosis, continued 75
9 None so blind : the problem of ecological denial 85
10 Twine in the Baler 91
11 Conservation and conservatism 97
12 A politics worthy of the name 104
13 The limits of nature and the educational nature of limits 118
14 Architecture and education 127
15 The architecture of science 135
16 2020 : a proposal 143
17 Education, careers, and callings 152
18 A higher order of heroism 160
19 The ecology of giving and consuming 171
20 The great wilderness debate, again 187
21 Loving children : the political economy of design 198
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