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The Green Imperative: Ecology and Ethics in Design and Architecture

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Asserts the belief that the power of design can influence a more responsible approach to our threatened environment. This book 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.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 2nd 1995 by Thames and Hudson Ltd
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Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
ini buku sulit dikatakan 'sudah' dibaca. karena buku ini senantiasa saya baca. beberapa kali saya bolak-balik padanya, nyari kutipan darinya atau nyari fakta lain yang diungkapkannya. ini semua karena buku ini memang inspiratif. baru kali ini saya masukkan di goodreads karena justru saking deketnya sehingga terlewat oleh mata.
buku ini menyambung buku papanek sebelumnya "design for the real world". termasuk juga mengulang pendefinisian "fungsi" yang secara baru dia bikin.
di buku ini tindakan disa
Jessika Hepburn
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An important read on the role of design in our remaking of the world and the ethics of designing for ecological impact. This work helped introduce concepts like “design for disassembly” that have heavily influenced product design and led to the development of IKEA type production. He would likely be horrified at how his more radical ideas of designing for sustainability and our ethical obligation to do so have been interpreted as design for disposability instead.
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I had the honor of having this man as a professor so it holds a special place for me.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not much to say really.. Every single human being on this planet should be familiar with the contents of this incredible book. Period.
Juliet Wilson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: environment
This is a useful and insightful book for anyone interested in making design more ecofriendly and at the same time more human friendly (ie design that takes people's real needs into account instead of becoming obsessed with aesthetics for the sake of aesthetics). Papanek looks at designs for buildings and machines with an eye to using ecofriendly materials and ways of extending the lifestyle of items. He looks at designs made by various peoples across the world including a fascinating chapter on ...more
Carolina Delgado
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my precious references. Taught me how to be designer for behaviour change, by continually asking: "How can I apply this is my work?". ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a masterpiece, everyone should read it!
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Chandra Wirawan
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Directing how to design in Urban and Modern times ... why don't we use organic elements ? Tropical building must have more window or boxes hole to exhaust wind , more oxygen more better .

More woods, leafs, ceramics and recycled paper . Processing reuse trashes to be new material . Anti pollution, illegal lgging, world wildlife fund, balaclava, and traditional design may not been degradated by modern design , but must be renewal .
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Oddly, there are quite a large number of typographical errors in this book. Despite this, it is almost as good as Design for the Real World, and it sits right next door on my bookshelf. Another must read for designers and architects.
John Gates
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
1st half - design, 2nd half - architecture
Feb 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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I think it was good. Yeah, it probably was.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great design and architecture.
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