Designing Our Way To A Better World by Thomas FisherDesigning Our Way To A Better World by Thomas Fisher

Designing Our Way To A Better World

byThomas Fisher

Paperback | May 1, 2016

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Envisioning what we need, when it doesn’t yet exist: this, Thomas Fisher tells us, is what design does. And if what we need now is a better world—functioning schools, working infrastructure, thriving cities—why not design one? Fisher shows how the principles of design apply to services and systems that seem to evolve naturally, systems whose failures sometimes seem as arbitrary and inevitable as the weather. But the “invisible” systems we depend on for our daily lives (in education, politics, economics, and public health) are designed every bit as much as the products we buy and the environments we inhabit—and are just as susceptible to creative reimagining.

Designing Our Way to a Better World challenges the assumptions that have led to so much poor performance in the public and private realms: that our schools cannot teach creativity, that our governments cannot predict the disasters that befall us, that our health system will protect us from pandemics, that our politics will remain polarized, that our economy cannot avoid inequality, and that our industry cannot help but pollute the environment. Targeting these assumptions, Fisher's approach reveals the power of design to synthesize our knowledge about the world into greater wholes. In doing so, this book opens up possible futures—and better futures—than the unsustainable and inequitable one we now face.


Thomas Fisher is the former dean of the College of Design and the new director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design. His books The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela, In the Scheme of Things: A...
Title:Designing Our Way To A Better WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:May 1, 2016Publisher:University Of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0816698880

ISBN - 13:9780816698882

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
Part I. Invisible Systems
1. The Design of the Invisible
2. Design Thinking
3. The Logic of Creativity
Part II. Education
4. Creative Education
5. Schools and Communities
6. Reconstructing Design Education
Part III. Infrastructure
7. Fracture-Critical Failures
8. Over-Extended Infrastructure
9. Designed Disasters
Part IV. The Public Realm
10. The Infrastructure of Health
11. Healthy Landscapes
12. Viral Cities
Part V. Politics
13. Designer Politics
14. The Politics of No
15. Politics: Right and Wrong
Part VI. Economics
16. An Opposable Economy
17. A Third Industrial Revolution
18. Meta-design
Part VII. Beliefs
19. Community Resiliency
20. Evolutionary Transformation
21. Spatializing Knowledge
Postscript: A Past and Possible Future
Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

"[Designing Our Way to a Better World] tosses out ideas like a firework tosses out sparks."—Planning Magazine

"Fisher lays our a compelling case for addressing the 'wicked problems' of our day with the power of design thinking. And he does so in a voice that seeks to appeal to a general audience--not just experts in various fields. Highly recommended Reading."—Architecture Minnesota