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Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change 2 Revised Edition
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Having read the more recent books on ecological design by Sim Van Der Ryn and William McDonough, I was surprised to see that neither mentioned Papanek, who prefigured many of the ideas they present in their current books. Papanek long ago advocated the lease/use principle, which makes much more sense in a rapidly changing technological world than does the buy/own principle that continues to dominate our social thinking. Papanek notes the many cultural and psychological blocks we have created for ourselves when it comes to ecological design, but also illustrates how we can overcome these blocks with methods such as bisociation, first proposed by Arthur Koestler. But, what really makes this book stand out are the great number of illustrations that Papanek uses to demonstrate his ideas. This is one of the most practical books written on environmental design.
While Papanek was an industrial designer, his ideas are equally germaine to the field of architecture and biology.Read more ›
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You don't have to be a designer to read this book. I think that anyone would find it absolutely fascinating, educational and a great read, but I wish that it was required reading... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Rolling Rook
A must reading for any aspiring designer. Papanek's arguments not only hold their validity through this day and age but they seem to be more relevant.Published 6 months ago by Alfonso Díaz Graham
This book, first published earlier than indicated here (I encountered it in the early 1970s), changed my life, or helped me along on a change already begun, in my mind at least. Read morePublished 18 months ago by richard hughes
Very inspiring and should be considered as required reading for any responsibly thinking product designer. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Karsten Weiss