Kirkpatrick Sale took gigantism to task in his 1980 classic, Human Scale, and today takes a new look at how the crises that imperil modern America are the inevitable result of bigness grown out of control – and what can be done about it.
The result is a carefully argued case for bringing human endeavours back to scales we can comprehend and manage – whether in our built environments, our politics, our business endeavours, our energy plans, or our mobility.
Sale walks readers back through history to a time when buildings were scaled to the human figure (as was the Parthenon), democracies were scaled to the societies they served, and enterprise was scaled to communities. Against that backdrop, he dissects the bigger-is-better paradigm that has defined modern times and brought civilisation to a crisis point.
Interviews and Articles
- Mike Church Show – Human Scale and Why Our Governments are Irreparable Until Scaled Down
- Schumacher Center – An Overview of Decentralism
- News Statesman – Essential Reading for the Modern Age of Corporate Bulk
Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback, 408 pages.