Rural areas worldwide are undergoing profound change creating
considerable challenges and stress for its residents and on the
ecosystems upon which they depend. Rural design brings design
thinking and the problem-solving process of design to rural issues
recognizing that human and natural systems are inextricably coupled
and engaged in continuous cycles of mutual influence and
This book is the first step along the path for rural design to
emerge as an important new design discipline. Rural Design: A New
Design Discipline establishes the theoretical base for rural design
and the importance of looking at connecting issues to create
synergy and optimal solutions from a global, national, state,
region, and local perspective. To be effective and relevant, this
new discipline must be founded on solid research, and practice must
be based on data-driven evidence that will result in
transformational changes. These directions and others will enable
rural design to:
- help rural communities make land use, architectural, and
aesthetic decisions that enhance their quality of life and the
- connect social, artistic, cultural, technological, and
environmental issues that create rural place
- promote sustainable economic development for rural communities
and improve human, livestock, crop, and ecosystem health
- and integrate research and practice across the many disciplines
involved in rural issues to meet rural needs, provide new data, and
provoke new research questions.
Written by a world leading expert in rural design, who is
director and founder of the University of Minnesota Center for
Rural Design, the book is oriented toward students, academics and
design professionals involved with rural design at any level.
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