Imprint: Triarchy Press
Format: paperback, ePub, Kindle
Publication: June 2021
Tags: paradigm shifts, construction, design, built environment, architecture, triarchy press, ecology, regenerative design,
Flourish is written for built environment professionals, policymakers, and activists,
Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency
Many would call Covid-19 an inflection point in the world’s fight against climate
change. As societies chart their recovery from the pandemic, they have a crucial
decision to make: do they succumb to the worst of “business as usual” or can they
chart a bright new path together?
Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency, argues that
humanity’s best chance of a positive future lies not with looking beyond biology, as
transhumanists, advocate, or in retreating from civilization, as some deep ecologists
propose. Rather, the answers are to be found in nature, where we will learn (or-re-learn)
the perspectives and tools we need to support the flourishing of all life, for all time.
By looking deeply into the web of life that created and supported us, and drawing
inspiration from diverse cultural traditions and perspectives, Ichioka and Pawlyn
propose six paradigm shifts that would transform how we construct, design and
manage the built environment, and our journey towards planetary health. These
moving beyond sustainable design towards regenerative design
‘re-patterning’ anthropocentric modes of thinking in architecture
envisioning cities as sites for interbeing and action, rather than consumption.
Notably, these ideas are based on transcending and including, rather than opposing and dismissing previous paradigms. Each key shift is accompanied by illustrative graphics and examples of how
these essential shifts are more than possible, with existing or near-term methods and
Flourish offers a fresh and compelling argument from two leading urbanists and architects, and a critical yet imaginative approach for how all of us - not just humans - can thrive in a time of
intense urban growth.
More than a manual on how to make the best out of our narrow
window of opportunity, Flourish is an invitation to imagine a different array of
possibilities and a call to action to move towards a truly regenerative and cooperative
way of life.