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Designing Our Way to a Better World$
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Thomas Fisher

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816698875

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816698875.001.0001

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A Past and Possible Future

A Past and Possible Future

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(p.220) Postscript A Past and Possible Future
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Designing Our Way to a Better World
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Thomas Fisher

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816698875.003.0022

Although I wrote most of this book as articles during the past few years, the idea of this work took root in 1974, when I met and had conversations with the historian and critic Lewis Mumford. Most of my way through college, in a professional architecture program, I had begun to doubt my desire to follow my grandfather into the architectural profession or to join the family’s architectural firm in Detroit when I graduated. I had discovered during college that I preferred writing to designing and the expression of ideas to the making of forms and spaces, and that what I liked about architecture—and design generally—had more to do with what it says about our culture and beliefs than with it as an end in itself. I felt out of place in school and unclear about what I should do—the sign, I suppose, of education at work. But in the summer of 1974, while I was working for the Historic American Building Survey in Rhinebeck, New York, I went with our supervising architect and his wife to nearby Amenia to visit Lewis Mumford’s daughter, who was a friend of theirs, as well as her father and mother in their small, clapboard house....

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