Design Emergency: Building a Better FutureAlice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli

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Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli, two of the world’s most influential design figures, meet the visionary designers whose innovations and ingenuity give us hope for the future by redesigning and reconstructing our lives, enabling us to thrive

Design Emergency tells the stories of the remarkable designers, architects, engineers, artists, scientists, and activists, who are at the forefront of positive change worldwide. Focusing on four themes - Technology, Society, Communication, and Ecology - Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli present a unique portrait of how our great creative minds are developing new design solutions to the major challenges of our time, while helping us to benefit from advances in science and technology.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 210 × 146 mm (8 1/4 × 5 3/4 in)
  • Pages: 320 pp
  • Illustrations: 50 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838664275

Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and author whose latest books include Design as an Attitude and Hello World: Where Design Meets Life. Based in London, she wrote a weekly design column for the New York Times for over a decade.

Paola Antonelli is a celebrated curator of contemporary architecture and design based in New York at The Museum of Modern Art. Her recent endeavors, include the online project Design and Violence and the exhibition Broken Nature.

'In most books, the questions are usually more important than the answers, but in this book the answers are just as important as the questions' - Irma Boom, graphic designer

'Uplifting' - Elle Decoration

'Best Design and Architecture Books of 2022' - Domus

'A must-have book' - Fast Company

'Full of insight … reading this book may give you hope that we can get through them.' - AD Pro

'A labor of love that began as an Instagram feed of life-allaying solutions during the pandemic and bloomed into an atemporal celebration of human optimism, ingenuity, and passion at their most practical and most buoyant.' - Maria Popova, The Marginalian