Drawing from the expertise of prominent academics in their respective fields, this collaborative work takes a sweeping view of the ways we build things, beginning at the scale of products and interiors, to that of regions and global systems. In doing so, The Built Environment answers questions on how we effect and are affected by our environment. More importantly, it shows how the various components of what is made by humans -- from products, buildings, landscapes, and cities -- are interrelated, and how designers and planners must consider these connections in their work. A must-read for all designers looking for an excellent context for collaboration, and strategies to improve the overall quality of designed environments. Anyone interested in understanding the complex nature of the built environment and how it affects our lives will also appreciate this introduction to design.