Humanise: A Maker’s Guide to Building Our World (Paperback)
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Humanise: A Maker’s Guide to Building Our World (Paperback)

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Paperback 496 Pages
Published: 19/10/2023
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An impassioned clarion call for a more humanising form of architecture to counter the bland minimalism that has engulfed our towns and cities, Heatherwick's manifesto makes for inspirational reading.

Thomas Heatherwick shows how design has a profound effect on our mental and physical health, the climate, as well as the peace and cohesion of societies. He shows how a flawed idea of utility and 'efficiency' has engulfed our towns and cities and hardened into a form of bland minimalism. But it doesn't have to be this way: there are other ways to build - with the power to lift our spirits, engage and connect us.

Heatherwick draws on his own work, the ideas of other experts in the field, and recent advances in neuroscience and cognitive psychology to offer both a case against the inhumanity of modernist design and a rallying cry to everyone to imagine the world anew. Looking through his eyes, we take in places around the world, old and new, famous and obscure, that can sap the life out of us - or nourish our senses and our psyche.

Humanise is a tautly argued provocation and an urgent call-to-arms to make the world around us a far better place for everyone to live.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241389799
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 46 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Humanise is a masterwork. It's quietly furious, impassioned, rigorous and forensic in all the right doses. It leaves me very hopeful indeed about how things could go from here. The Age of Boring might just have ended right now - Alain de Botton

Thomas Heatherwick echoes many things I find myself saying as I travel round the country. How the hell did that monstrosity get built? Why is this place so depressing? Why is so much of the built environment so boring? This book will wind up quite a few architects, planners and developers who labour under the delusion that they are the adults in the room. Good. These people need to develop some compassion for the people who have to live with their joyless, bland, unlovable creations. This book is a super accessible guide as to why we shouldn't put up with soulless buildings and how we might change that - Grayson Perry

Thomas Heatherwick brings a velvet sledgehammer to the way we think about buildings and how they change our lives. In simple, elegant words, he demands that we put people first. Not developers, politicians or architects. I want to live in the kind of city Heatherwick imagines! Vive la revolution! -  Simon Sinek, Optimist and New York Times-bestselling author of Start with Why and The Infinite Game

This book will help frustrated ordinary people and communities see what is possible - David Byrne

A revelation. Humanise offers an accessible, compelling and entirely unique perspective on the world in which we live. Heatherwick’s storytelling ability shines through on each and every page - pushing boundaries and challenging perspectives. At a time where thoughtful and constructive ideas and solutions, that put the public at the centre of decision-making, are sought more than ever - this book provides a spark to ignite conversations across our city, country and the globe on how to build a better world for everyone - Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Heatherwick makes the case for human buildings that nurture our health and happiness. Out with the 'blandemic' of boring buildings and let's get back to interestingness. He calls for us all to engage with our built environment and so we should - Dame Sally Davies

Architecture has the ability to uplift and inspire, support connection, and fuel invention - bringing life and vitality to our cities by making them better, more beautiful, more sustainable places to live and work. Thomas Heatherwick's new book offers us a powerful prescription for buildings that put the public first and help set the course for a brighter future for humanity - Mike Bloomberg, entrepreneur, philanthropist, former Mayor of New York City

In a social and economic tour de force, Thomas Heatherwick explodes the waste of bad design: the neighbourhoods destroyed, the wellbeing lost, the carbon burned. And then he pivots to the potential of bending the straight line into a curve, the building into the feeling, and the narrowly rational into the fully human - Mark Carney

Humanise ignites the urgent public conversation I've been calling for for years - Sir Terry Farrell CBE, architect and urban designer

A book that will change how you see the world - Simon Jenkins

The climate crisis, a post-pandemic era and war. All these issues that the world is facing require unprecedented approaches in art, architecture and design. Humanise transcends all borders, cultures and fields of expertise. This book maintains an exquisite balance between quantitative evidence, architectural history, ideals and reality. It urges all of us on this planet to celebrate life - Mami Kataoka, Director of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Inspiring, enlightening and provocative, Humanise arms us with a new way of seeing our built environment, and makes explicit what's at stake if we blindly accept the status quo - Noreena Hertz, author of The Lonely Century: A Call to Reconnect

Thomas Heatherwick's humanity centred imagination is brought to life through his buildings and designs. He challenges us all to see the world differently, in harmony with nature, for the better. Humanise is a look behind the scenes and into the mind of his creative genius - Tony Fadell, NYT bestselling author of Build, iPod inventor, Nest founder

Heatherwick's fascinating book argues we must bring public value and delight back to the world of architecture which has been lost in boringness that is bad for people and planet - Marianna Mazzucato, author of Author of Misson Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism

A world-renowned designer - Wall Street Journal

The Leonardo da Vinci of our times - Terence Conran

Probably the most creative person in the world - Stephen Ross

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