In my earlier life as a design magazine editor, I was a crusader. I believed that good design could not only be aesthetically pleasing, but it could also help to save the planet.
Back then (more than 25 years ago), I was nearly fired for producing a special issue of my magazine on energy-efficient architecture — it was a rogue move for an interior design trade publication. But the special issue was well received by the readers and didn't lose any advertisers, so my bosses let me be. I