Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone

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Island Press, Oct 3, 2017 - Architecture - 280 pages
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"That's what we do really: we do miracles,” said Anne-Marie Nyiranshimiyimana, who learned masonry in helping to build the Butaro Hospital, a project designed for and with the people of Rwanda using local materials. This, and other projects designed with dignity, show the power of good design. Almnothing influences the quality of our lives more than the design of our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our public spaces. Yet, design is often taken for granted and people don't realize that they deserve better, or that better is even possible.

In Design for Good, John Cary offers character-driven, real-world stories about projects around the globe that offer more—buildings that are designed and created with and for the people who will use them. The book reveals a new understanding of the ways that design shapes our lives and gives professionals and interested citizens the tools to seek out and demand designs that dignify.

For too long, design has been seen as a luxury, the province of the rich, not the poor. That can no longer be acceptable to those of us in the design fields, nor to those affected by design that doesn't consider human aspects.

From the Mulan Primary School in Guangdong, China to Kalamazoo College's Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the examples in the book show what is possible when design is a collaborative, dignified, empathic process. Building on a powerful foreword by philanthropist Melinda Gates, Cary draws from his own experience as well as dozens of interviews to show not only that everyone deserves good design, but how it can be achieved. This isn't just another book for and about designers. It's a book about the lives we lead, inextricably shaped by the spaces and places we inhabit.
 

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Contents

Foreward
10
Introduction
16
The Improbable Story of Rwandas Butaro Hospital
28
2 Buildings That Heal
60
3 Shelter for the Soul
100
4 Spaces That Enlighten
146
5 Places for Civic Life
188
The Maternity Waiting Village in Malawi
228
A Call to Expect More
250
Acknowledgements
270
About the Author
273
Appendix
274
Photography Credits
275
IP Board of Directors
277
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John Cary is an architect, writer, speaker, and curator focused on design and philanthropy. Consulting principally for TED, he is also an advisor to Aspen Global Health & Developmand an array of foundations and nonprofits globally.

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