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Human Scale – Revisited

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A new look at the classic case for a decentralist future

Kirkpatrick Sale

Human Scale has long been a classic of modern decentralist thought and communitarian values – a key tool in the kit of those trying to localise, create meaningful governance in bioregions, or rethink our reverence of and dependence on growth, financially and otherwise.

Rewritten to interpret the past few decades, Human Scale offers compelling new insights on how to turn away from the giantism that has caused escalating ecological distress and inequality, dysfunctional governments, and unending warfare and shines a light on many possible pathways that could allow us to scale down, survive, and thrive.


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

Published 2017
Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback, 408 pages.

ISBN: 9781603587129

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Weight 0.61 kg
Dimensions 230 × 152 × 25 mm

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