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audacity is a campaigning company that advocates developing the man-made environment, free from the burden of 'sustainababble' and 'communitwaddle'. Our reading is not narrowly architectural and we organise workgroups around the wider political issues affecting development. We appreciate contributions of reviews and criticism to build the website. Use the Google search engine at the bottom of this and other main pages.
We recommend The Skeptical Environmentalist by Bjørn Lomborg, Associate Professor of Statistics in the Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark, published by Cambridge University Press (2001). Gabriel Roth has reviewed The Skeptical Environmentalist for this website, but if you would like to submit a further review, or discuss this book, then email us.
'We are actually leaving the world a better place than when we got it... mankind's lot has vastly improved in every significant measurable field and is likely to continue to do so. Think about it. When would you prefer to have been born?' Bjørn Lomborg
Also recommended is Need and Desire in the Post-Material Economy by James Heartfield as 'A trenchant, lucid and much-needed critique of the myths of identity politics and the "consumer society" '. Published in 1998 by the Sheffield Hallam University Press, which has since ceased trading, copies may be available through the author's website at www.heartfield.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk.
'The experts assure us that a new kind of economy is emerging in which culture and taste create the dynamic, instead of the brute force of industry. Once the workshop of the world, they say, Britain today is its drawing board.' James Heartfield
Great Expectations - The creative industries in the new Economy, written by James Heartfield and published by Design Agenda, argues that the hopes now invested in designers misrepresent both the way design works and its role within the economy.
'Creative industries will fail to satisfy the great expectations that are invested in them... the expectations border on the bizarre.' James Heartfield
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