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Designing to avoid disaster : the nature of fracture-critical design

Author: Thomas Fisher
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Recent catastrophic events, such as the I-35W bridge collapse, New Orleans flooding, the BP oil spill, Port au Prince's destruction by earthquake, Fukushima nuclear plant's devastation by tsunami, the Wall Street investment bank failures, and the housing foreclosure epidemic and the collapse of housing prices, all stem from what author Thomas Fisher calls fracture-critical design. This is design in which structures  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Fisher
ISBN: 9780415527354 041552735X 9780415527361 0415527368 0203113292 9780203113295
OCLC Number: 764302630
Description: xii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design --
1. The Increasing Incidence of Disasters --
2. Our Planetary Ponzi Scheme --
3. Fracture-Critical Design --
4. Disasters on Demand --
5. The Anti-Shock Doctrine --
6. Redefining Success --
pt. II. How Fracture-Critical Design Affects Our Lives --
7. Fracture-Critical Species --
8. He-sizing the Human Footprint --
9. Fracture-Critical Population --
10. Protective Design --
11. Fracture-Critical Economy --
12. Rethinking Work --
13. Fracture-Critical Politics --
14. Rethinking Government --
15. Fracture-Critical Higher Education --
16. Redesigning the University --
17. Fracture-Critical Infrastructure --
18. Going Dutch --
19. Fracture-Critical Developments --
20. A Better Way to Dwell --
21. Fracture-Critical Buildings --
22. Designing for Durability --
23. Fracture-Critical Consumption --
24. Creative Citizen Consumption --
pt. III. Designing to Avoid Future Disasters --
25. Why We Have So Much Bad Design --
26. The Design Mind --
27. The Process of Design --
28. The Logic of Design --
29. The Pragmatics of Design --
30. The Holon of Design --
31. Designing Our Future --
32. What We Can Live Without --
33. The Adulthood of the Species --
34. Media, Metaphor, and Meaning --
35. The Nature of Things to Come --
36. Hell or Paradise?
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The author discusses the context and cultural assumptions that have led to a number of disasters worldwide, describing the nature of fracture-critical design and why it has become so prevalent.  Read more...

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