Material Health: Design Frontiers

This volume brings together leading activists, educators, designers, scientists, doctors, architects, curators, contractors, artists, and material innovators to explore critical topics of material health in the context of the climate crisis.

Our Material Health book is available at your favorite booksellers in North America and Europe. You can receive a discount by ordering your book here with a discount code: ‘Material20’ (available through Aug 30).

Published in February 2023, Material Health: Design Frontiers provides a definitive overview of the burgeoning field of Material Health.

Material Health argues that there is an urgent need for new paths and practices in architecture and design in order to create healthier futures for everyone. From a multi-disciplinary perspective, it offers an overview of how design can be transformed to shape healthier lives, and offers examples of how through a deeper understanding of the fundamental issues threatening our communities, our planet, and the human species we can radically change the future. Together, the exceptional perspectives explored in these essays identify viable alternatives and illuminate new paths for architecture and design.

“Let us put our minds together to see what kind of future we can make for our children. That’s this moment.” - Winona LaDuke

The book first sets out two main themes that situate the field of material health: the importance of old and new indigenous understandings of our planet; and the toxics and climate crisis. Six thematic chapters follow, which explore the intersectional and complex nature of material health, describe strategies to achieve material health and provide examples of innovative, sustainable materials and their uses.

“It is time to reassess our material economy by tackling the myriad of crises we face with knowledge, collaboration, and shared energy.” - Martha Lewis

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