Designing for the Future (ed. Anna-Maija Ylimaula) presents some of the results of the first four-year period (1999–2002) of The Future Home Graduate School, a former collaborative PhD programme hosted by the Future Home Institute of University of Art and Design Helsinki. The Future Home Graduate School was an endeavour of a cross-disciplinary consortium of 35 member organizations and companies. Their goals included the enhancement of R&D projects that paid attention to user orientation, design for all, barrier-free environment, aesthetic quality, usability of information technology etc. especially in housing design.
The book contains 13 articles and case studies that offer new insight to urban living, architecture and product design. The contents have been thematised into three sections: Future housing; Furnishing the Future Home; and Design for All. The book is richly illustrated with product images, portraits and other inspirational visual material.
The texts are both in English and in Finnish.
The book is a parallel publication to Dreaming for the Future (2001) by the same publisher.
The copy in our stock is in okay condition. The covers show serious signs of shelf wear and they have some colour stains (more on the front cover) but the binding is fine and the pages are clean.