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Re: Papanek today

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CAMERON TONKINWISE <[log in to unmask]>

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Alison Clarke, Director of the Papanek Foundation, is currently com-
pleting a comprehensive history of Papanek:
http://papanek.org/symposium/

I would strongly recommend reading the insightfully critical history of
what could be called the both/and (if Papanek is read as either/or)
by Pedar Anker (covering the more techno-utopian approach from
Buckminster Fuller [usefully recontextualized in ways the Fuller
Institute was, by all reports, not happy with] to Stewart Brand]):
http://pederanker.com/

For a strong version of the either/or, see the work of Tony Fry, whose
EcoDesign Foundation was founded sound after the UK-based 
EcoDesign Society whose newsletter often carried Papanek articles:
http://www.amazon.com/Tony-Fry/e/B001JP7O4K
Cameron
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Assoc.Prof. Cameron Tonkinwise
Director of Design Studies
School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
MMCH 202A, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
ph (+1) 412 268 6937
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On Mar 26, 2013, at 7:02 AM, Friederike S. Bornträger wrote:

> Dear all,
> 
> some of you recently recommended Papanek's "Design for the real world". I read it (1st edition) with great interest - thanks for the hint! Reading it brought up some questions that I'd like to ask the list. I will be very grateful for all your replies.
> 
> 1. Mr Papanek criticizes some designers' practices back in the 70ies (e.g. designing for wants, not for needs; not feeling responsible for some designs' consequences etc.). What do you think: Has it changed since then? And if yes, in what respect?
> 
> 2. Is there a school, a sub discipline or any other group you would call Papanek's "successors"? If so who are they?
> 
> 3. Mr Papanek was asking for more cross disciplinary work groups -
> a. do you see major changes in this regard?
> b. do your thoughts regarding "3a." count for both the academics' and the practitioners' worlds?
> c. what are the design community's positions concerning cross-/ inter-/trans-disciplinarity today?
> 
> 4. While reading I had the feeling that Papanek writes in an "either or"-mindset regarding e.g. the individuals OR the industry. On the other hand it is the designers who successfully (and admirably so) often strive for win-win-solutions.
> a. Is this a development over time or does the win-win-idea stem from another school/group/philosophy? (If so: from which one?)
> b. The idea that there is more than one possible winner: is this a generally agreed upon aspect of the designers' education and work?
> (c. Do you think I misunderstood Papanek on this?… )
> 
> 5. And one quick thing: I read the first edition - would you recommend going through the second as well?
> 
> Thank you very much for your consideration. As a lecturer and PhD-candidate of Social Psychology who is very interested in design (research) I am very happy about being part of this beneficial list!
> 
> All best,
> Friederike
> 
> ---
> Friederike S. Borntraeger
> Dipl.-Psych.
> Research Assistant, Lecturer
> Social Psychology
> Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
> 
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