Rural Design: A New Design Discipline

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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 response. 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 environment; 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. 㬬 㬬 㬬

Author Biography

Dewey Thorbeck is Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Founder and Director of the Center for Rural Design at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of Yale University, Thorbeck won a Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome. An award-winning architect, he is involved in regional and national projects and published internationally.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Foreword: rural design arisingp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Rural changep. 3
Rural design: a new way of design thinkingp. 3
The Center for Rural Designp. 8
Global issues and impactsp. 10
Rural heritagep. 13
Ancient roots and European originsp. 13
English landscapes and influence on Americap. 18
Immigrants' dreamp. 21
Farmsteadsp. 26
Buildings for agriculturep. 34
Indigenous people and the landp. 40
Rural characterp. 43
Geological forcesp. 43
Cultural forcesp. 44
Immigration to Americap. 45
Landscape patternsp. 49
Rural character definedp. 50
Rural policyp. 54
Forces changing rural landscapesp. 56
Managing forces of change through rural designp. 57
Aesthetic issuesp. 58
Contemporary working buildings in rural landscapesp. 63
Form follows function, climate, and placep. 79
Regional visionp. 81
Thinking regionallyp. 83
A regional visionp. 86
Regional landscapesp. 89
Regional thinking worldwidep. 91
Regional thinking in Minnesotap. 105
Looking aheadp. 108
Research foundationp. 111
Research issuesp. 112
Definitionsp. 114
Sustainability challengep. 117
A new approach to rural issuesp. 120
Evidence-based rural designp. 122
Research opportunitiesp. 123
Social capitalp. 126
Rural design strategiesp. 129
Strategiesp. 129
Building codesp. 130
Rural outreachp. 134
Case studies of the Center for Rural Designp. 135
Interdisciplinary connectionsp. 190
Rural design and design thinkingp. 191
Urban/rural synergyp. 196
Land use and urban/rural edgep. 198
Problems with animal agriculturep. 199
Multifunctional agriculture and land usep. 202
Designing for food supply, food security, and healthp. 205
Design economyp. 206
Rural futuresp. 208
Connecting the dotsp. 211
New design technologiesp. 214
Rural design educationp. 215
Rural Design Certificate programp. 216
Rural sustainabilityp. 218
The International Organization for Rural Designp. 219
Global challengesp. 220
Epiloguep. 223
Process of discoveryp. 224
Integrating buildings and landscapesp. 227
Drawing and rural designp. 229
Shaping rural futuresp. 235
Referencesp. 237
Illustration creditsp. 241
Indexp. 243
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