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Designing To Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0415527361 ISBN-10: 0415527368 Edition: 0th

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (August 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415527368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415527361
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,720,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this essential book Fisher takes us through ‘fracture-critical’ design failures and provides solutions by articulating how ‘resilient design’ is the key to our longevity as a species. The research behind this theory spans many disciplines though the writing is accessible to all. This is required reading for designers, planners, politicians and citizens."

Michael Zaretsky, architect and associate professor, University of Cincinnati, Ohio

"Tom Fisher challenges us to think about disasters in a new way: not as the inevitable result of nature, but rather, problems that we can design our way out of. We, and the environments we create, are not the victims of circumstance. We can save ourselves through informed design and make a new world that rewards intelligence and foresight. In this book, Fisher throws us a life preserver of design. "

Michael J. Crosbie, architecture critic and associate dean, University of Hartford, Connecticut

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By Mic on December 30, 2013
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Fisher has the insight to penetrate the complex problems facing civilization. What he finds is, in many cases, counter-intuitive; we have too often sacrificed redundancy in the name of increased efficiency or economy. The result is a dramatically increased potential for catastrophic collapse: of buildings and infrastructure, of socio-political systems, of ecosystems. He effectively applies the engineering theory of fracture-critical design to these other systems to illustrate how they have been systematically compromised. This is an important book, and one can only hope that it will garner the attention it deserves.
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