Medium Design

Medium Design : Knowing How to Work on the World

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Everyone is a designer. But while many practitioners may be looking for solutions or ideological certainties, Easterling argues that solutions are mistakes and ideologies are unreliable markers. Instead, Medium Design speaks to anyone looking for alternative approaches to the world's unresponsive or intractable dilemmas-from climate cataclysm to inequality to concentrations of authoritarian power. Such an approach joins many disciplines in considering not only separate objects, ideas and events but also the space between them.

In case studies dealing with everything from automation and migration to explosive urban growth and atmospheric changes, Medium Design looks not to new innovations but rather to sophisticated relationships between emergent and incumbent technologies. It does not try to eliminate problems but put them together into productive combinations. And it offers forms of activism for modulating power and temperament in organization of all kinds
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20.32mm | 272.16g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1788739329
  • 9781788739320
  • 422,177

Review quote

"Easterling is one of our most provocative theorists of infrastructures and the critical actions that might make them better. Here she gives us ways to remix, radically, their ingredients. Who else could parse the "canine mind" of the canny designer and city-dweller to show that we already know how to break the deadlock formed by binaries and manipulative media loops? Read this immensely engaging book to find a new toolkit for infiltrating, occupying, and recasting the mediated and material world." - Caroline A. Jones, Professor in the Department of Architecture, MIT
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About Keller Easterling

Keller Easterling is an award-winning writer, architect and Professor at Yale. She is the author of Extrastatecraft, which was named Archinect's Best Book of 2005, and Organization Space. She is also the author of two essay length books: The Action is the Form and Subtraction. Her writing and design work was included in the 2014 and 2018 Venice Biennales. Easterling is a 2019 United States Artist Fellow in Architecture and Design and the recipient of the 2019 Blueprint Award for Critical Thinking.
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