What's Wrong With Plastic Trees? / Edition 1

What's Wrong With Plastic Trees? / Edition 1

by Martin H. Krieger
     
 

Krieger revisits the ideas of his now infamous article of some thirty years ago in Science magazine. His aim is to give an account of design, one that experienced designers will say,'Yes, That's just what it is like!' At the same time, Krieger offers an analysis of the tensions that design operates within; between perfection and contingency, between wholes

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Krieger revisits the ideas of his now infamous article of some thirty years ago in Science magazine. His aim is to give an account of design, one that experienced designers will say,'Yes, That's just what it is like!' At the same time, Krieger offers an analysis of the tensions that design operates within; between perfection and contingency, between wholes and parts, between the talk we make about the world and the world itself.

Krieger takes design—in architecture, landscape, interiors, engineering, and in systems and computer science—to be modeled by traditional theological and artistic problems. And here, he claims, design has traditionally been a redesign of nature. For nature is, as Durkheim would describe it, a totem. Our collective ritual devotion to it allows us to enliven or animate it, and so it may animate us as well. Curiously, much of design and discourse about it now takes place in the computer software engineering world, especially among those concerned with patterns and object- oriented programming. In developing a notion of plastic trees, Krieger probes just what could be wrong with such artifices. As he illustrates, what we call nature is almost always a product of deliberate design. It is as if people make discoveries in exploration, discoveries of places already occupied aboriginally. In essence, he asserts what we actually have is a virtual authenticity, more real than any original could possibly be—since the original was never meant to be sacralized or featured in our lives. A provocative analysis that scholars and students of architecture and planning, environmental studies, engineering and computer science will find stimulating.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275967765
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1280L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Preface: Why God and Hegel and Paintings When Talking About Design?xiii
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Part 1The Design of Our World
1.Arguments from Design3
2.Composition and Repetition as Explanation25
3.Exploration and Discipline as Ways of Designing41
Part 2Artifice and Authenticity
4.Authenticity, Rarity, and Plasticity as the Design of Nature63
5.The Manufacture of the Sacred, the Reenactment of Transcendence, and the Temptations of Design75
6.The Real Thing in Design95
7.Twenty Questions, Commodification, and Friendly Monsters113
Epilogue127
Notes131
Bibliography139
Index145

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