He advocates for “empathic design”, in which a designer not only works in concert with nature, but with an understanding of and empathy for the end user and for ones self. It is not just one of these connections, but all three that are necessary to design for a future that is more humane, equitable, and resilient.
In Design for an Empathic World
Van der Ryn shares his thoughts
and experience about the design
of our world today.