This wide-ranging book has an astonishing and ultimately empowering message. It suggests that people and places are 'co-creative'. To put it another way, it suggests that our environment is creating us, even as we are creating it. Michael Warden takes us on a tour of the evidence for a such an idea, from the dawn of history, through Chinese 'feng shui' to the work of contemporary architects, psychologists and leading exponents of the new sciences of systems theory. He underscores his sometimes provocative message with lavish photographic images, drawn substantially from his own exploratory travels, as well as with case studies from his own holistic design practice. Best of all, a synthesis of old and new perspectives begins to emerge - a new vision with the potential to transform our everyday environment and thereby our lives. This book is essential reading, not only for all design professionals, but also for anybody who seeks an understanding of how we are affected by our surroundings.