Nature of Design Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention

ISBN-10: 0195173686
ISBN-13: 9780195173680
Edition: 2004
Authors: David W. Orr
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/14/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638

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, and livelihood, and how we deal with waste. Ecological design is an emerging field that aims to recalibrate what humans do in the world according to 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. The book begins by describing the scope of design, comparing it to the Enlightenment of the 18th century. Subsequent chapters describe barriers to a design revolution inherent in our misuse of language, the clockspeed of technological society, and shortsighted politics. Orr goes on to describe the critical role educational institutions might play in fostering design intelligence and what he calls "a higher order of heroism." Appropriately, the book ends on themes of charity, wilderness, and the rights of children. Astute yet broadly appealing, The Nature of Design combines theory, practicality, and a call to action.

David W. Orr is Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and the author of The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention, The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror, Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, and Ecological Literacy.

The Problem of Ecological Design
Introduction: The Design of Culture and the Culture of Design
Human Ecology as a Problem of Ecological Design
Pathologies and Barriers
Slow Knowledge
Speed
Verbicide
Technological Fundamentalism
Ideasclerosis
Ideasclerosis, Continued
The Politics of Design
None So Blind: The Problem of Ecological Denial
Twine in the Baler
Conservation and Conservatism
A Politics Worthy of the Name
The Limits of Nature and the Educational Nature of Limits
Design as Pedagogy
Architecture and Education
The Architecture of Science
2020: A Proposal
Education, Careers, and Callings
A Higher Order of Heroism
Charity, Wildness, and Children
The Ecology of Giving and Consuming
The Great Wilderness Debate, Again
Loving Children: The Political Economy of Design
Bibliography
Index

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