Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design – by Mateo Kries & Amelie Klein & Alison Clarke (Paperback) Compare


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Victor Papanek: The Papaneks approach seems more relevant than ever in todays challenging times. -Zo Ryan Curator of Architecture and Design Art Institute of Chicago I hold Papanek in the highest regard not only as a great thinker but as a rabble-rouser.-Emily Pilloton author of Design Revolution The designer author and design activist Victor J. Papanek anticipated an understanding of design as a tool for political change and social good that is more relevant today than ever. He was one of the first designers in the mainstream arena to critically question designs social and ecological consequences introducing a new set of ethical questions into the design field. Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design presents an encompassing overview of Papaneks oeuvre at the heart of which stood his preoccupation with the socially marginalized and his commitment to the interests of areas then called the Third World as well as his involvement in the fields of ecology bionics sustainability and anti-consumerism. Alongside essays and interviews discussing Papaneks relevance in his own era this book also presents current perspectives on his enduring legacy and its influence on contemporary design theory. Original Papanek family photographs art and design work drawings correspondence and countless materials from the Victor J. Papanek Foundation archive at the University of Applied Arts Vienna are reproduced here for the first time alongside work by both Papaneks contemporaries and designers working today. Born in Vienna and trained in England and the United States Victor Papanek (1923-98) is considered a pioneer of sustainable and humanitarian design. Having studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York and creative engineering at MIT Papanek taught at the Ontario College of Art RISD Purdue University and the California Institute of the Arts and was Chairman of the Design Department at Kansas City Art Institute from 1976 to 1981 and Professor of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas. He died in Lawrence Kansas aged 74. Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design –