Redesigning for peace

If our goal is to build peace, we need to start on a foundation stronger than human agreements —as important as they are.

A law in Sweden, where I live, stipulates that certain buildings have to be provided with protective shelters. When designing such buildings, architects and builders have to take into account every kind of situation that could come up during a disaster. This kind of reasoning can seem necessary, but it can also make a designer stand in horror before the consequences that bombing or a nuclear-power plant accident could produce.

To avoid becoming paralyzed by such a state of thought, perhaps we need to examine fearlessly the process that would result in such disaster.

Inspired decisions
September 3, 1990

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