The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform

Janette Kim, Erik Carver


     6 × 8.25 in (15.2 × 21.0 cm)
192 pages
100 color illustrations
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616893972

In a climate crisis, shouldn't every option be on the table? When scientists and politicians declare an emergency, shouldn't we mobilize for one---by overhauling laws, economies, and the built environment?The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform is an architect's guide to the politics of energy. It maps conflicts and affiliations among various approaches to energy management and examines their implications for public life. It catalogs positions held by a diverse group of economists, environmentalists, community advocates, political scientists, and designers. It asks how architecture can realign collective priorities in today's built environment. Underdome addresses these ongoing agendas and, more than prescribing solutions, discusses the implications of politics on the way we design and build, ranging from the smallest scale of infrastructure to the largest energy grids.
  • Underdome is the first book by architects to unpack the political narratives behind contemporary energy schemes.
  • The publication pairs an illustrated "voter's guide" with a collection of essays by leading scholars, prompting readers to consider design as a form of political action.

Editorial Reviews


"The Underdome is a tremendous achievement. The very idea of drawing policy or cultural temperament is really valid and noteworthy, a brand new filter for critical thinking."


"For practicing architects or planners, The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform promises to be a useful, perhaps indispensable, tool."

Architect Magazine:

"The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform provokes thinking about design as a form of political action."

A Daily Dose of Architecture:

"Billed as 'the first book to map the political implications of energy management in architecture,' The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform is a complex yet visually rich guide to tactics that can and are making buildings and cities more sustainable."

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