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The Monticello Dialogues: Democratic Design by William McDonough

The Monticello Dialogues: Democratic Design

Part I

by William McDonough

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From the lineage of Thomas Jefferson and Buckminster Fuller emerges another brilliant prophet of the possible. Architect William McDonough is carrying the banner of "anticipatory design science" to this generation and he is waving it in the boardrooms of some of the largest global corporations. The buildings, product innovations and ideas emerging from his team are at the forefront of what he calls "the next industrial revolution." It is a revolution so profound that it views humans as tools of nature. The central question that drives McDonough's work is: "How can we best serve all the children of all species, for all time?"

Former Dean of the Architecture Department at the University of Virginia, Time magazine named McDonough a "Hero for the Planet" in 1999. He is the author with his partner, Michael Braungart, of the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (Farrar, Straus and Geroux 2002). In this, part 1, of the three-part special series recorded at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, McDonough offers a fresh path out of the history of mindless timefullness.

  • How growing up in Hong Kong, Japan and the Yukon affected McDonough's world view
  • How the positive effects of dialogue causes a fierce commotion
  • Why we should abandon eco-efficiency for eco-effectiveness
  • How tire dust could be transformed into food for soil

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Informative, Invigorating, and Inspiring!
Reviewer pyrojelli
 March 24, 2009
Wow, even though this is only the first part (and only available free part) it really covers some ground. I am currently researching the redesign of the automobile and McDonoughs universal to fractal philosophy truly opened my eyes to the great human potential in eco-friendly design that has yet to be tapped. Kudos to Mr. McDonough!

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T019214
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