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Rethink: The Way You Live

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Rethink: The Way You Live inspires and challenges. Filled with evocative images of homes around the globe, the book illustrates how design game-changers are weaving age-old resourcefulness with new technology, creativity with sustainability to construct a more meaningful existence. We can think small (bringing more nature inside) or big (installing moving walls for multifu ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Chronicle Books (first published November 1st 2012)
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Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: design, library-book
I've lived a fairly sustainable lifestyle for over 30 years and live in a town where we're allowed to have a chickens, goats and beehives. I buy a lot of my furniture from a local store that refurbishes and builds new furniture from salvaged materials. My nephew played basketball on the floor that our coffee table is made from. I say this so you know I had high expectations for this book.

The book has lots of nice photos, but it's really more a coffee table book than a source of information. In f
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book and hated it all at once. The page layouts, typography, photographs, texture of the pages and the cover are what drew me into the book. As I was reading, these words seemed thematic of the content: bleak overpopulated urban apocolypse; resourceful self-sustaining hippie in harmony with nature; ultimately "rethinking" the purpose of home and how we achieve our authentic goal in the current world state of political and environmental turmoil. ...more
Megan Hartley
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
It was just...ok. I really liked the first couple of chapters, especially the one about bringing the outdoors inside and the importance of greenery in your living space. I didn't like the fact that some of these ideas to rethink the way we live are impossible or unobtainable for someone poor or middle class or living in a rural area. Even though I don't live in a city, there's no way I could put a fish farm on my property. I also don't have a flat roof and can't imagine many people who do in thi ...more
Bridgette Guerzon Mills
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved the layout of this book and how it was designed. Really great photos too. The writing is very relevant to where we find ourselves now with facing climate change and how we really do need to rethink the way we live and how we live. The author seems more optimistic than I am though. Maybe it’s because it was published in 2015, which isn’t that long ago...but long enough. Or maybe it’s because I live in the suburbs on the east coast and I don’t see any evidence of people rethinking the way th ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The design of this book is what drew me in. It just feels good to hold and read. The lives that are profiled and the living spaces captured in the photos are interesting and inspirational. I think it's a book for those more at the beginning of their decision making about dwellings rather than those who have their homes pretty well sorted, but even for those of us who aren't likely to be moving or redecorating any time soon, it's still a fun read. It gets you to thinking how your might reuse olde ...more
Irene Adler
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I ended up just flicking through the pictures, which were okay, but didn't particularly illustrate sustainability one way or the other.

A poor choice of lime green / white / small font meant much of the text was unreadable. Should have used all that white space on the page more effectively to convey information.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
This grabbed my attention on the shelf because of the photos, the color palette, the overall design. But when I took it home and actually opened it up, I found that it wasn't to my liking at all. It was difficult to read (tiny type in white ink) and I just didn't find any of the content to be applicable. It's just a coffee-table book in the end, but with too many words and not enough images. ...more
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Gorgeously put together, massive book. I personally didn’t get anything new out of it, but it gathers together sustainable ideas and ways of thinking into one hefty place. Lovely photography and design thru out. I’m going to follow the tenets within and re-release it to another person to enjoy.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book that gave me lots to think about.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: non-fiction, skimmed
The author was a writer for Elle magazine before having a sudden change of heart in 2010 and cranking out this book in a year or so. It shows.

First she opens the book with all these fears that everyone is experiencing, like terrorism? 9/11 was just a blip in the murder rates for most non-East Coast Americans and not something like a daily fear like, holding a job, paying the rent, etc. Also I don't see the sudden, broad revolution the author envisions, instead I see the continual small steps th
Apr 30, 2015 added it
This is a weird book in that, is it a revolutionary call to rethink the way you live? Is it a documentation of how people get creative adjusting to small spaces and budgets? Is it something else? The world will never know.
I do appreciate the sentiment behind the book, though. If one is to take the title seriously, then this book is meant as more than pretty pictures. I agree that we must rethink (or continue rethinking) the sustainability and efficiency of our lifestyle. That being said, the fir
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book made me 'rethink' my lifestyle, I loaned this book to a few of my friends who went out and bought it. Amanda, coming from the world of high fashion, knowing that not all of us can afford high end furniture and clothes, pointed out that we can be creative enough to mix the low end up with the high end. This book recharged me. ...more
White House Public Library
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A global perspective on sustainability and our footprint on the world. In Rethink: The Way You Live Ms Talbot ask us, as readers; to assess ourselves and our impact on our surroundings. In doing so we might find ways that a change could improve our environment from the inside out.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Very pretty book, but not very clear about its purpose or audience.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A less-is-more type of design book, looking at how people around the world live in alternative spaces.
Louise Omer
gorgeous visuals. a little repetitive at time but full of inspiration if you want to flip through this coffee table book like a magazine.
Susan T
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
more of a magazine
simple ideas
nature into the home
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