Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self
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In a new book release by Sim Van der Ryn, Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self (Island Press), the green-building pioneer draws on a half-century of experience in the architectural world and shares his thoughts and experiences about the nature of design today. Van der Ryn advocates for a movement towards "empathic design," in which a designer not only works in concert with nature, but with an understanding of and empathy for the end user and for ones self. He stresses the need for all three connections in order to design for a more human, equitable, and resilient future.
Van der Ryn explores the need for a deep understanding of human ecology and end-user preferences, and relates his journey of discovering of the importance of considering humans and nature as part of any project. He focuses on strengths and weaknesses of our approach to the design of communities, regions, and buildings. The book is beautifully illustrated with Van der Ryn's own watercolor paintings and is a thought-provoking and valuable resource for architects, urban designers, and architecture students.
Van der Ryn is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design, where he taught for 35 years. He was California's State Architect for Governor Jerry Brown in the late 1970s and has won numerous honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1971 and Rockefeller Fellowships in 1997 and 2012, among others.
Van der Ryn will be holding a book signing at BookPassage in Corte Madera, CA on December 1.