10 books on design and architecture for the summer


A small and cheap book that is however very relevant. Although it does not deal directly with design, anyone who deals with or is interested in design should read it, as it presents a hypothesis that overturns the view of the discipline and its history (and not only). What if, wonders the famous science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin, the first human artefact was not a stick, a killing tool, but rather a container for the things one needs to live, “useful, edible and beautiful things”? Then the history of humanity (and of design) should be rewritten, not from the perspective of wars, exploitation and domination, but of taking care of things, of the body, of the world… a feminine rather than feminist history, in any case revolutionary and necessary. The edition, published by the independent publisher Ignota, founded in 2017 in the Peruvian Andes, is embellished with an introduction by Donna Haraway and drawings by Korean artist Lee Bul.





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