Nature: Collaborations in Design - the exhibition catalogue from Cooper Hewitt available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Nature: Collaborations in Design

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'A fascinating, informative, engaging, thoughtful and thought-provoking volume of seminal and original volume, "Nature: Collaborations in Design" will prove to be an enduringly valued and appreciated addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library collections' - Mid West Book Design

An exploration of the ways in which designers are striving to transform our relationship with the natural world.

Designers today are striving to transform our relationship with the natural world. While the modern industrial age gave way to designs that vastly improved human enterprise through technology, there were unintended and destructive consequences for the environment.

Humans are intrinsically linked to nature yet our actions have frayed this relationship, forcing designers to think more intentionally and to consider the impact of every design decision, from an artefact's manufacture and use to its obsolescence. Designers are aligning with biologists, engineers, agriculturists, environmentalists and many other disciplines to design a more harmonious and regenerative future. Based on these new partnerships, designers are asking different questions and anticipating future challenges, which not only change the design process, but also what design means.

Nature: Collaborations in Design includes over sixty-five international projects from the fields of architecture, product design, landscape design, fashion, interactive and communication design, and material research. More than 300 compelling and exquisite photographs, illustrations and content from data visualizations illustrate seven essays, which explain and explore designers' strategies around understanding, simulating, salvaging, facilitating, augmenting, remediating and nurturing nature. Four conversations between scientists and designers delve into topics related to synthetic biology, scientific versus design lexicon, and recent shifts in the meaning of nature with a glossary illuminating scientific, technological and theoretical concepts and processes invoked by the designers.

Details
  • Author: Caitlin Condell, Associate Curator and Head of Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design, Cooper Hewitt
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Date published: May 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1942303237
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 21.6 cm
Reviews

'A fascinating, informative, engaging, thoughtful and thought-provoking volume of seminal and original volume, "Nature: Collaborations in Design" will prove to be an enduringly valued and appreciated addition to personal, professional, community, and academic library collections' - Midwest Book Review 

'In "Nature," designers and researchers pose bigger questions, envisioning possibilities that may not be realized for decades, and help us understand arcane data at nano and macro scales. To address fundamental issues in climate change and habitat loss, with their potential for mass extinctions, requires that a creative designer invest passion (and subsume the ego) in a collaboration with scientists working at the cutting edge of research' - New York Times 

'During a time when we're looking critically at our interactions with the natural world and our (ill) effect on it, books that help us understand how to take a positive step forward are more important than ever. This paperback explores how designers are collaborating with biologists, engineers, agriculturists, environmentalists, and other specialists to craft a more harmonious and regenerative future' - Fast Company


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