DESIGN, NATURE AND REVOLUTION: Toward a Critical Ecology by Tomas Maldonado

DESIGN, NATURE AND REVOLUTION: Toward a Critical Ecology

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A chaotic tribute to the virtues of ""applied reason and rational planning"" by a prominent Latin American industrial designer who believes that techniques per se in the field of environmental design and planning are advanced and adequate enough but ""the decision-making centers of power in our society. . . are absolutely immature."" A ""crisis of hope in planning"" stems from ""bourgeois coldness,"" as expressed in the primacy of facts, calculations, graphs, and objectivized systems -- whose logical (?) ultimate is Auschwitz. Robert McNamara is said to typify this utopian technocracy which denigrates man. These dubious and unoriginal points stand out as islands of clarity in an otherwise scrappy, stream-of-consciousness exposition which sometimes relies on sheer yin-yang: ""A Revolution by Design"" has meaning if supported by ""Design by Revolution""; the ""power of facts"" gives way to ""the facts of power."" ""Praxiology of design,"" ""the reality of mesocosmos,"" ""the dialectics of the concrete"" -- talk about ""semiological abuse""!

Pub Date: April 5th, 1972
Publisher: Harper & Row