1st Edition

Peace by Design

Edited By Mardelle McCuskey Shepley Copyright 2025
    230 Pages 71 Color & 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 71 Color & 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    We live in an era in which designers will make an essential and critical contribution to the health and success of humanity. Design can promote healing in healthcare environments, contribute to good mental health, reduce gun violence, and positively impact health and racial equity, all of which contribute to providing a more peaceful world.

    The primary focus of this book is to inspire young designers, academics and practitioners to achieve their maximum societal contribution. It also supports experienced designers seeking reaffirmation of their social goals. To provide a foundation, the first chapter discusses the definition of design and design thinking and evidence regarding the direct and indirect contributions of design to peace. The subsequent chapters address peace endeavors at six scales of the physical environment: sustainable and equitable design, landscape architecture, architecture, interior design, industrial design and graphic design. Additionally, nine short cameos are provided by contributors from various disciplines, who provide their favorite examples of “peace projects.” Peace can be manifested at multiple levels: world-wide, neighborhood and community, familial or individual, and the various authors discuss portions from this spectrum. They broadly endorse disciplinary entanglements as a means of addressing societal and sustainability challenges and celebrate the impact of collaboration.

    This book is essential reading for students and practitioners representing all fields of design including graphic design, industrial design, interior design, architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.

    1. How beauty will save us

    Mardelle McCuskey Shepley

    2. WeDesign: Participatory innovation as a basis for reimagining possibilities

    Troy Savage

    3. Cultivating peace

    Daniel M. Winterbottom

    4. Designing for peace through a trauma-informed perspective

    Erin K. Peavey and Rebecca L. Ames

    Other Voices

    Essay 1: Only thoughts and prayers?

    Renato Troncon

    Essay 2: I belong. We belong together

    Tammy Thompson

    Essay 3: Transforming food apartheid into community health and racial equity

    Taft Cleveland

    Essay 4: Social justice / Public place

    Lorraine E. Maxwell

    Essay 5: Healing across cultures: The universality of water

    Connie Lin

    Essay 6: Archetypes in sacred places as contributors to health and well-being

    Arsenio T. Rodrigues

    Essay 7: Environment as a contributor to recovery and peace

    Marie Elf

    Essay 8: Sexual health environments and privacy

    Evangelia G. Chrysikou

    Essay 9: Articles of displacement

    Denise Nicole Green

    5. Peace for a life indoors

    Roslyn Cama

    6. Everyday products as a means of fostering peace, meaning, and happiness

    JungKyoon (Jay) Yoon

    7. Empowerment by design

    Renata M. Leitão

    8. The architecture of peace

    Mardelle McCuskey Shepley


    Dr. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, B.A., M.Arch., M.A., D.Arch., is a professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Architecture  at Cornell University and the Academic Director of the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. A fellow in the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), she has LEED AP, WELL AP and EDAC credentials. Dr. Shepley has published multiple peer-reviewed journal papers and authored/co-authored six books, the most recent of which are: Design for Critical Care (2009), Health Facility Evaluation for Design Practitioners (2010), Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care (2014), and Design for Mental & Behavioral Health (2017). Mardelle has worked full and part-time in professional practice for 25 years. Committed to designing and conducting research on healthy and healing environments, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from ACHA.