Book review: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable Future

Archy Naija

Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World is out now. Credit: Princeton Architectural Press
Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World is out now. Credit: Princeton Architectural Press

I have to admit to a degree of wariness when I first opened Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, a new book edited by Jared Green and published by Princeton Architectural Press. The introduction makes some bold claims for a rather slim book with little text. “We have the answers. We are both the cause of the problems and the solution to them,” Green writes with supreme optimism. The book is a collection of eighty projects that leading architects, urban planners, artists, critics and thinkers chose as a response to the question: “What gives you hope for the future?” The criteria for their responses stipulated that they must discuss a project they admire, not their own. And the results are as varied as one might imagine…

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