Author:Kathryn B. Hiesinger, Michelle Millar Fisher, Emmet Byrne, Zoe Ryan, Maite Borjabad Lopez-Pastor
Publisher:Yale University Press
Date:2019
Dimensions:9.1 x 11.8 inches, 272 pages

Designs for Different Futures

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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.

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