The Green Imperative : Ecology and Ethics in Design and Architecture, Paperback Book

The Green Imperative : Ecology and Ethics in Design and Architecture Paperback

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 162 illustrations, 39 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Industrial / commercial art & design
  • ISBN: 9780500278468



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A good book on the need to change the way we design the entire spectrum of human artifacts, from buildings to automobiles to snackbars. Papanek discusses how product design should go far beyond aesthetics. Products can and should be designed to be energy efficient, environmentally friendly, conducive to human health, and easy to use and repair. He relates his own experiences in the design of a wide range of products and how he used his position as a designer to advocate this agenda. The text is largely engaging and easy to read. This is a good primer for anyone entering a field of product engineering or design.