The Green Imperative: Natural Design for the Real World
This work asserts the belief that the power of design can influence a more responsible approach to our threatened environment. It shows how everyone, from those at the forefront of design to the consumers, can contribute to the well-being of the planet through an awareness of design and technology. The book explores a more spiritually-satisfying approach to design - designing for need, not greed. It also includes examples from all areas of design, from packaging and product design to large-scale architecture. Practical advice and checklists for the consumer on selecting and buying, using and re-using is also featured.
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Overall pretty common sense to those that are actively involved or concerned with sustainability and resource depletion. Given it's age, there really aren't any revolutionary reinterpretations of process, and at times the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright can be seen in what comes across as the occasional name drop to lend credibility.
Significance can come from Papaneks lists, that frame some respected paradigms in an easily interpreted and applied to the respective situation. The "Six Fallacies of Vernacular Architecture", "Six Fold Function Complex" and especially "10 Questions Before Buying" are still very relevant today as they were in 1995, the latter even more so.
Best viewed in reference as a testament to what has, and hasn't, developed in the area of sustainability in recent decades.