Design by Use

Design by Use

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No matter how competent and professional a design may be, it only comes into its own through use. More often than not things change throughout this process: clotheslines are turned into diaries, chairs become shelves, plastic bags are used as umbrellas, lampposts are transformed into notice boards, and stairs make for excellent places to eat, hang out, and communicate. These acts of repurposing - also referred to as qNon-Intentional Designq - can themselves become sources for the generation of new design concepts. Throughout this long-term study the three authors have collected a wealth of material. Using numerous examples this book examines the motives and the potential of qNon-Intentional Designq and makes these aspects available for further design research.Women quoted more unusual replacements such as cable reels, stones and wooden boards, and a aquot;self-builtaquot; shelf that came without any further ... One of them, however, seems to have misunderstood the question because he quoted aquot; IKEAaquot;. ... The same picture emerges when looking at alternatives for wardrobes.

Title:Design by Use
Author: Uta Brandes, Sonja Stich, Miriam Wender
Publisher:Birkhauser Architecture - 2009-01-01

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