Designs For Different Futures

December 10, 2019|
Designs For Different Futures by Kathryn B. Hiesinger
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Audacity, imagination, and critical thought underpin this vital compendium of future possibilities

Designs for Different Futures records the concrete ideas and abstract dreams of designers, artists, academics, and scientists exploring how design might reframe our futures, socially, ethically, and aesthetically. Encompassing nearly 100 contemporary examples—from wearable objects to urban infrastructure—this handbook interrogates attitudes toward technology, consumption, beauty, and social and environmental challenges. The projects examined include a typeface unreadable by text-scanning software, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a dress incorporating the sound-wave patterns of birds in flight, a shelter for cricket farming, and a speculative prosthetics catalogue for the “post-human.” Commissioned essays and interviews from figures such as Francis Kéré, Bruno Latour, Neri Oxman, and Danielle Wood give voice to issues faced in futures near and far. With perspectives ranging from historical visions of the future to the use of biological materials in production processes, this is essential reading for anyone interested in how design might shape the world to come.
Kathryn B. Hiesinger is the J. Mahlon Buck, Jr. Family Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700, and Michelle Millar Fisher is the Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts, both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Emmet Byrne is the design director and associate curator of design at the Wa...
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Title:Designs For Different Futures
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:272 pages, 11.81 X 9.06 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 11.81 X 9.06 X 0.68 in
Published:December 10, 2019
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780876332900

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