Rural Design A New Design Discipline

ISBN-10: 0415593204

ISBN-13: 9780415593205

Edition: 2012

Authors: Dewey Thorbeck

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Rural areas worldwide are undergoing profound change creating considerable challenges and stress for its residents and on the ecosystems upon which they depend. Rural design brings design thinking and the problem-solving process of design to rural issues recognizing that human and natural systems are inextricably coupled and engaged in continuous cycles of mutual influence and response.This book is the first step along the path for rural design to emerge as an important new design discipline. Rural Design: A New Design Discipline establishes the theoretical base for rural design and the importance of looking at connecting issues to create synergy and optimal solutions from a global, national, state, region, and local perspective. To be effective and relevant, this new discipline must be founded on solid research, and practice must be based on data-driven evidence that will result in transformational changes. These directions and others will enable rural design to:help rural communities make land use, architectural, and aesthetic decisions that enhance their quality of life and the environment;connect social, artistic, cultural, technological, and environmental issues that create rural place;promote sustainable economic development for rural communities and improve human, livestock, crop, and ecosystem health;and integrate research and practice across the many disciplines involved in rural issues to meet rural needs, provide new data, and provoke new research questions.Written by a world leading expert in rural design, who is director and founder of the University of Minnesota Center for Rural Design, the book is oriented toward students, academics and design professionals involved with rural design at any level.
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

List of figures
Acknowledgments
Foreword: rural design arising
Introduction
Rural change
Rural design: a new way of design thinking
The Center for Rural Design
Global issues and impacts
Rural heritage
Ancient roots and European origins
English landscapes and influence on America
Immigrants' dream
Farmsteads
Buildings for agriculture
Indigenous people and the land
Rural character
Geological forces
Cultural forces
Immigration to America
Landscape patterns
Rural character defined
Rural policy
Forces changing rural landscapes
Managing forces of change through rural design
Aesthetic issues
Contemporary working buildings in rural landscapes
Form follows function, climate, and place
Regional vision
Thinking regionally
A regional vision
Regional landscapes
Regional thinking worldwide
Regional thinking in Minnesota
Looking ahead
Research foundation
Research issues
Definitions
Sustainability challenge
A new approach to rural issues
Evidence-based rural design
Research opportunities
Social capital
Rural design strategies
Strategies
Building codes
Rural outreach
Case studies of the Center for Rural Design
Interdisciplinary connections
Rural design and design thinking
Urban/rural synergy
Land use and urban/rural edge
Problems with animal agriculture
Multifunctional agriculture and land use
Designing for food supply, food security, and health
Design economy
Rural futures
Connecting the dots
New design technologies
Rural design education
Rural Design Certificate program
Rural sustainability
The International Organization for Rural Design
Global challenges
Epilogue
Process of discovery
Integrating buildings and landscapes
Drawing and rural design
Shaping rural futures
References
Illustration credits
Index
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