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WHAT IS COSMOPOLITICAL DESIGN? DESIGN, NATURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT. Ed. by Albena Yaneva and Alejandro Zaera-Polo. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. 262 pp. with 124 ills. (88 col.). 25 x 18 cm. LC 2015-28324 ISBN 9781472452252 In English.
Publisher's description: The scale of ecological crises made us realize that every kind of politics has always been cosmopolitics, politics of a cosmos. Cosmos embraces everything, including the multifarious natural and material entities that make humans act. The book examines cosmopolitics in its relation to design practice. Abandoning the modernist idea of nature as being external to the human experience -- a nature that can be mastered by engineers and scientists from outside, the cosmpolitical thinking offers designers to embark in an active process of manipulating and reworking nature 'from within.' To engage in cosmopolitics, this book argues, means to redesign, create, instigate, and compose every single feature of our common experience. In the light of this new understanding of nature, we set the questions: What is the role of design if nature is no longer salient enough to provide a background for human activities?
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Architecture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170987
Hardcover $109.95    

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