Thursday, July 19, 2012

New Books I: Low Cost Design vol. II

Low Cost Design vol. II
edited by Daniele Pario Perra

After the success of Low Cost Design vol. I, Daniele Pario Perra continues, in this second volume, his original research project of the so-called “spontaneous design”, documenting the smart solutions created by anonymous designers to find a way to sort out everyday problems or needs. The book therefore presents hundreds of examples of unconventional creativity: a re-use, or better, a modified and enlightened use not only of objects, but also of actions and projects that can change the use of the territory, thus revealing people’s innovative customs and great imagination. The presented ideas are classified, as in the first volume, according to different reading levels: five different project levels for objects and eleven categories for actions (five more than in the first volume). Images are introduced by a text by Daniele Pario Perra and by a series of chapters written like a blog with a contribution of several authors on the themes ranging from objects history to design aesthetics, from creativity to handicraft, from urban tribes to territory culture and planning, thus presenting not only some important aspects on the subject, but also a very interesting overview from the contemporary social, urban and ethnographic point of view

All images are selected from the archive Low-cost Design by Daniele Pario Perra and were taken by the artist - Images and photographic prints produced in the CentralColor laboratories, Catania

Low Cost Design
second volume
edited by Daniele Pario Perra
22 × 28 cm
300 pages
400 colour illustrations
Italian/English edition


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