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Design for Ecological Democracy Paperback – September 24, 2010

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262515008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262515009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 7.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hester welds ecology, landscape architecture, and a fierce commitment to strengthening urban society into a nuanced, realistic vision for this complex era."--John R. Stilgoe, Robert & Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape, Havrard University



" Design for Ecological Democracy is a compelling testament for a world that is at once ecologically sustainable, socially just, and inspired by place. Hester sees environmental change as a deliberate and positive act involving environmental competence, compelling form, celebration of everyday life, and design action. He brings together a broad but cohesive set of concepts from disciplines as diverse as environmental psychology, environmental science, medicine, and urban design to form a strong vision for future design practice. This is not a doomsday book but a hopeful and challenging call to environmental and community action." Mark Francis , FASLA, Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Davis, and author of Urban Open Space and Village Homes



"Randy Hester's profusely illustrated book is the fruitful outcome of his life's work in community design. Design for Ecological Democracy shows us how to adapt human settlements so that people can get back in touch with the sources of natural creation." Bill Thompson , Editor, Landscape Architecture Magazine



"A superb analysis of cultural icons too often mentioned or cited but almost never analyzed."--John R. Stilgoe, Robert & Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape, Havrard University



"*Design for Ecological Democracy* is a compelling testament for a world that is at once ecologically sustainable, socially just, and inspired by place. Hester sees environmental change as a deliberate and positive act involving environmental competence, compelling form, celebration of everyday life, and design action. He brings together a broad but cohesive set of concepts from disciplines as diverse as environmental psychology, environmental science, medicine, and urban design to form a strong vision for future design practice. This is not a doomsday book but a hopeful and challenging call to environmental and community action."--Mark Francis, FASLA Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Davis, and author of *Urban Open Space* and *Village Homes*



"Randy Hester's profusely illustrated book is the fruitful outcome of his life's work in community design. *Design For Ecological Democracy* shows us how to adapt human settlements so that people can get back in touch with the sources of natural creation."--Bill Thompson, Editor, Landscape Architecture Magazine

About the Author

C.J.W.-L. Wee teaches literature and cultural theory at the Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity, Singapore. He was formerly a Fellow at the Institute of Southeast AsianStudies, Singapore, and is the author of Culture, Empire, and the Question of BeingModern (Lexington Books, 2003), and the editor of Local Cultures and the"New Asia": The State, Culture, and Capitalism in Southeast Asia (Institute ofSoutheast Asian Studies, 2002).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom King on April 3, 2010
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It's great to have many of Hester's ideas in one place for easy reference. My main experience with his work has involved the notion of "sacred space," and it's good to have his clear exposition of that concept, but there's so very much more here. I'm nowhere near through it, just dipping into it from time to time, but gaining a great deal of enlightenment and insight from it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt on June 18, 2010
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I had the great fortune of stumbling on this book. I just received it a few days ago and am in pure awe of all of the information in this book. Hester has really done something special here and it is not to be missed by anyone. And I mean anyone and everyone could benefit and enjoy this book: educators, planners, people who make policy decisions, scientists, philosophers, engineers, people in any field related to human health, designers, community activists, mothers, fathers, students, and any citizen of a democracy (or an aspiring democracy) in the 21st century. The best part about this book is that it also functions like an encyclopedia of sorts in that you can just turn to a page, start reading, and learn a lot. Given that I am not in the field of design, all of the concepts at first seemed overwhelming. However, Hester does a remarkable job of tying everything together with an inspiring vision. This is one of the most important books I have encountered in some time.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Osei K. Agyeman on February 28, 2010
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Great book to read for those interested in ecological and green design solutions for architects, urban designers, community planners, and landscape architects.
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