Thomas Heatherwick’s book Humanise will be released on Thursday 19th October 2023 in the UK.
Published by Viking (an imprint of Penguin), the book offers a fiercely passionate analysis of why we’re surrounded by buildings that make people sick and unhappy and damage the planet, and how we can make them better for everyone.
Our world is losing its humanity. Too many companies care more about their shareholders than society. Too many politicians care more about elections than the people who vote for them. And too many cities feel soulless and depressing, designed for business, not for us. So where do we find hope?
Drawing on 30 years of making buildings, and recent advances in neuroscience and cognitive psychology, Heatherwick argues that buildings have the power to lift us up and make us feel like we matter. And perhaps this book can chart a way to bring some humanity back to all our towns and cities.
In the worlds of author and economist Noreena Hertz: “Humanise arms us with a new way of seeing our built environment. It makes explicit what’s at stake if we blindly accept the status quo.”
Thomas Heatherwick will be launching the book at the Southbank Centre in London on 19th October as part of the London Literature Festival.