Design for Good :: Twin Cities Book Launch

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Milkweed Books

1011 S Washington Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Join Milkweed Books and On Being Executive Producer Lily Percy for the Twin Cities launch of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyoneauthor John Cary’s new book on the dignifying power of design.

The event will take place in the Target Performance Hall at the Open Book, the nation's largest literary arts center and home of Milkweed Books.


Design for Good is premised on the belief that everyone deserves good design. This isn’t just another book for and about designers; it’s a book about the lives we lead, inextricably shaped by the spaces and places we inhabit.

With a foreword by Melinda Gates, the book showcases 20 diverse building projects from across the country and around the world. Brought to life with stunning photography, each project narrative is based on extensive interviews with clients, users, and designers.

Published by Island Press and designed by Pentagram, the book is available in both paperback and hardcover. It will be available for purchase and signing at the event by a local independent bookseller.

“This book matters deeply to a field searching for its highest calling and to a world in need of our best efforts.”
Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO, and author, Change by Design

“A visual testament to the fact that every human being has the right to live a healthy, dignified life.”
Barbara Bush, Co-founder & CEO, Global Health Corps

"A compelling and fresh argument that architects have an opportunity to not just build buildings, but build dignity.”
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation


5:30-6pm: Welcome

6-7pm: Author interview with Lily Percy, Executive Producer of On Being

7-8pm: Book signing and reception


Milkweed Books is a part of Milkweed Editions, an independent publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Milkweed Books showcases and sells titles primarily published by independent presses, nonprofit presses, and other publishers working to bring the most exciting literary art to the marketplace. If you want to find the best new poetry, experimental or creative nonfiction, short stories, or translations, this is the bookstore for you.


An architect by training, author John Cary has devoted his career to expanding the practice of design for the public good. Design for Good is John's second book, and his writing on design, philanthropy, and fatherhood appears in The New York Times and on, among many other publications. John works as an advisor to TED, The Aspen Institute, and other foundations and nonprofits around the world.


Cholera Treatment Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, designed by MASS Design Group in partnership with Les Centres GHESKIO, featured in Design for Good. (Photo by Iwan Baan)

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