Designing for Socialist Need: Industrial Design Practice in the German Democratic Republic

Designing for Socialist Need: Industrial Design Practice in the German Democratic Republic

by Katharina Pfutzner

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138187917
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/11/2017
Series: Routledge Research in Architecture Series
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Katharina Pfützner is Lecturer in Industrial Design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland, where she also contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the school’s Faculty of Visual Culture. Her primary interest is in socially responsible design. She has a background in design practice and a PhD in design history. Her research on design in the GDR has been presented in numerous conference papers and publications.

Table of Contents

List of figures

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations

Introduction

Part 1 – The fundamentals of GDR design

1 – Aims and priorities

2 – Institutional support

Part 2 – Exemplary ideas and practices

3 – Designing for complex functionality

4 – Designing for appropriate product lifespans

5 – Designing systems

Part 3 – Resistance encountered by GDR designers

6 – Cultural-political resistance

7 – Obstacles in the spheres of production and distribution

Conclusion

Index

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