College of Environmental Design alumnus John Cary (M.Arch '03) recently published a book titled Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone (Island Press, 2017). The book profiles 20 projects from around the world that show not only how design can elevate and empower communities, but also how it can be achieved.
The book reveals a new understanding of the ways that design shapes our lives and gives professionals and interested citizens the tools to seek out and demand designs that dignify and show the power of good design. Cary offers character-driven, real-world stories about projects around the globe, from the Mulan Primary School in Guangdong, China to Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, showing what is possible when design is a collaborative, dignified, empathic process. Building on a powerful foreword by philanthropist Melinda Gates, Cary draws from his own experience as well as dozens of interviews.
One such anecdote is that of Anne-Marie Nyiranshimiyimana, who learned masonry while helping to build the Butaro Hospital, a project designed for and with the people of Rwanda using local materials. “That’s what we do really: we do miracles,” said Nyiranshimiyimana in regards to her project in Rwanda.
With this book, Cary seeks to articulate the power of good design to influence the quality of our lives. Cary also hopes to reappropriate the concept of design from being seen as a luxury, just for the province of the rich, to being seen as accessible to all people.
You can read more about Design for Good and purchase the book, here.