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The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention

David W. Orr


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 boo ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195148558
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195148558.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. Orr, author