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Design Roots : Culturally Significant Designs, Products and Practices - (Paperback)

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This volume contains 25 chapters on culturally significant designs, products, and practices, which are grounded in specific communities through tradition and a sense of place. Designers and researchers from Europe, Thailand, and North America offer examples and case studies from North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Australasia on practices rooted in community and place and shaped by use of local materials, techniques, and customs, focusing on creative roots, place-based creative ecologies, and deep understandings of cultural significance, in terms of history and tradition as well as locale, social interactions, innovation, and change. They discuss designs, products, and practices; their emerging directions; amateur and professional efforts; enterprise models; business opportunities; and the changing role and contribution of design in helping to create material cultures of significance, meaning, and value. They address culturally significant artifacts and their relationship to tradition and sustainability, factors involved in revitalizing culturally significant practices, and culturally significant artifacts in terms of transactions between people and resources; authenticity and tradition in material culture, with discussion of the Aran jumper, Chok weaving and textile enterprises, Oltu-stone prayer beads, the Mian-Sara housing form in Iran, and how Scandinavian design is packaged and sold to customers by IKEA; and how traditional practices might be revived and sustained and whether design can contribute, with case studies of the Atikamekw Nation, Indonesia, South Korea, England, and the Caribbean. They also examine enterprise, policy, and education for positive development, with case studies of Hohokam pottery production in the American Southwest; craft brewing, the handmade bicycle industry, and food carts in Portland, Oregon; the role of higher education in sustaining culturally significant crops in Estonia; the role of intellectual property rights in culturally significant products and practices; and the role of the museum of New Mexico and other local cultural institutions in sustaining traditional arts practices in the region. The final section considers future aspects, including research approaches, digital transformations and revitalization in textile crafts, design for social innovators, lighting design and sustainability, designing authentic brands, and strategies for the revitalization of culturally significant designs, products, and practices. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 378
Genre: Art
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Language: English
Street Date: February 8, 2018
TCIN: 52153868
UPC: 9781474241809
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-5818
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