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A wake-up call for Architects & Designers.


A serious read, "Buildings Are for People" is an eye-opener. It enlightens the way we think about design, revealing how a building's surfaces, shape and materials "interact" with people and the environment, and how to use these interactions to create people-friendly and environment-friendly architecture. Each building interface is scrutinized from three perspectives: the physical, the sensible and the operative – in other words – how it defines space, how it affords experiences, and how it creates environmental interactions. Possibilities emerge.

"Buildings Are for People" brings together the essence of both "sustainable design" and "experiential design". Although sustainability and human welfare have become mainstream intentions, our success in turning those intentions into human-friendly and sustainable buildings is far from reality. Sustainable and human-centered designs often fail to achieve their intended goal. As such, there is much dissatisfaction within the design/build profession as well as the general public. To illuminate this problem, Caplan analyzes roadblocks to successful design with a sobering dose of reality by using built examples. Central to this focus, he addresses key issues in education, the profession and the industry's institutions. Step-by-step, "Buildings Are for People" lays out a holistic approach to design conception – Human Ecological Design – a methodology to improve the design process, presented with a fresh analytical perspective. 

120 of Caplan's photographs and drawings articulate the design methodology. They provide a reader's-eye experience to illustrate the text and stimulate the senses. 

"Buildings Are for People" is all about designing people-friendly and environment-friendly architecture. It is addressed to architects, planners and policy makers, whether practitioner, educator or student. A great gift for both practicing and newly minted architects or interns, as well as urban planners. As one reader put it, "read this book first."

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