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Currently, the world is experiencing a ′perfect storm′ of social,political, economic and ecological proportions. The full extent andseverity of present conditions are yet to be determined. One thing,however, is certain: the foreseeable future will not be like therecent past. Leading analysts of all the major resource domains water, food, material, energy and finance are alltelling us that our global industrial growth models, driven byspeculation on unstable financial markets, are taking the planet tothe brink of chronic scarcity. Some of these shortages aredetermined by natural limits of mineral resources, such aspetroleum and coal, and others by the mismanagement of naturalresources, such as water, timber and food; a situation that isoften characterised by uneven social and geographic distribution ofsupplies. In architecture, concerns about depleting material andenergy sources have largely been centered on the more emollientcategory of ′sustainability′. In the next decade, however, as thesituation becomes more pressing, architects and designers will needto confront the reality of scarcity. There are many ways thatarchitecture, urban planning and design research can tackle suchissues: from developing new forms of analysis of global flows andscarcities, to specific local and global design–based solutions. Afull engagement with these issues has the potential to completelyreconfigure design practice in radically new, post–sustainabledirections.
  • Brings together leading thinkers for the first time in a singlevolume: Ezio Manzini, Erik Swyngedouw, John Thackara and JeremyTill.
  • Featured architects and designers include: Jody Boehnert,Katrin Bohn and André Viljoen, and muf.

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