The Great Indoors is an argument for thoughtful interventions in the built environment and a celebration of the adaptive genius of human beings.
The truth is, we spend the majority of our lives shuttling between homes and offices, schools, and hospitals. While this may be an inescapable reality of the modern urban condition, it also begs the question: What effect do the environments we've built for ourselves have on our mental and physical well-being? In this wide-ranging, character-driven book, Emily Anthes takes us on a trip that starts with the microscopic (the surprising and rather horrifying array of microbes with which we share our homes) and ends with the big picture (what buildings on Mars would have to look like to sustain life). Along the way, she visits a fascinating array of scientists, architects, and other professionals working on the cutting edge of design.