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An Introduction to Design Intervention: A Manifesto for the Future of Environmental Design
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In a world of accelerated change, many of our social institutions are unable to keep up the pace or to serve their original purposes because the premises on which they were based are no longer valid. Similarly, many social and psychological needs that used to be met by arrangements within society, such as the family and the community, are now met only with governmental or other institutional support. Meeting the needs formerly met by the family has become the task of insurance companies, service organizations, senior centers, and day-care centers, to name but a few. The fragmentation of what might once have been cohesive socioeconomic systems has resulted in a plethora of services and institutions that, for a price, respond to society's needs without necessarily being connected to each other.