RCA CHS Lectures

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CHS Design Reading List

  • Adamson, Glenn (2007), Thinking Through Craft, Berg, ‘Introduction’
  • Adamson, Glenn (2013), The Invention of Craft, Bloomsbury, 'Introduction'
  • Adorno, Theodor, ed. by J. M. Bernstein (1991), The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture. London, Routledge.
  • Balsamo, Anne (2011). Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work. Durham NC and London, Duke University Press.
  • Barthes, Roland. (2009). Mythologies. London: Vintage.
  • Campbell, Colin, (1987) The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism, Oxford, Blackwell.
  • Clark, Hazel (2009), Design Studies: A Reader, Berg,  ‘Part III, Introduction’, ‘Part V. Introduction’
  • Coles, Alex, & Rossi, Catharine (2013). EP/ Volume 1: The Italian avant-garde, 1968-1976. Berlin: Sternberg Press.
  • Crowley, David and Pavitt, Jane Eds. (2008). Cold War Modern: design 1945-1970. London: V&A. 
  • Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1981) The meaning of things: domestic symbols and the self, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
  • designculturesalon.org
  • Eco, Umberto (1995). Faith in fakes: Travels in hyperreality. London: Minerva.
  • The Economist
  • Fisher, Mark (2009). Capitalist realism: Is there no alternative?. Winchester: Zero Books.
  • Fry, Tony (2010), Design as Politics, Berg, ‘Redirection, Design and Things’
  • Harvey, David, & Marx, Karl (2010). A companion to Marx's Capital. London: Verso.
  • Harvey, David (2011). The enigma of capital: And the crises of capitalism. London: Profile Books.
  • Highmore, Ben (2002), The Everyday Life Reader, Routledge, London. Introduction.
  •  Julier, Guy (2007), The Culture of Design, Sage, "High Design" (p.77)
  • Klingman, Anna (2010), Brandscapes: Architecture in the Experience Economy, MIT, "Architecture as a Brand"
  • Kracauer, Siegfried, trans. and edited by Thomas Y. Levin (1995). The mass ornament: Weimar essays. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Lanier, Jaron (2013). Who owns the future?. London: Allen Lane.
  • Margolin, Victor (2002). The Politics of the artificial: Essays on design and design studies. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
  • McDonough, William  & Braungart, Michael (2009), Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, Vintage, "Cradle-to-Cradle Design and the Principles of Green Design / Toward New Perspectives and Practices for Engineering and Design"
  • Miller, Daniel (1987), Material Culture And Mass Consumption, Oxford: Blackwell, ‘Artefacts In Their Contexts
  • Latour, Bruno (2004), (96) 'From Realpolitik to Dingpolitik – An Introduction to Making Things Public' In Bruno Latour & Peter Weibel Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy. Cambridge MA, MIT Press.
  • Latour, Bruno (2008). ‘A cautious Prometheus? A few steps toward a philosophy of design’. Keynote for Networks of Design, Annual Meeting of the Society of Design Historians, Falmouth. 
  • Marx, Karl (1867). Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. I. 
  • Miller, Daniel, (1987) Material culture and mass consumption, Oxford, Basil Blackwell.
  • Miller, Daniel, (2001) Home possessions: material culture behind closed doors. Oxford, Berg.
  • Papanek. Victor (1985), Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, Thames and Hudson. "Design Responsibility: Five Myths and Six Directions"
  • Ross, Andrew (1991). Strange weather: Culture, science, and technology in the age of limits. London: Verso.
  • Sanders, Mark, , Phaidon 2000, ‘Jean Baudrillard.’  ‘Damien Hirst’
  • Schumacher, E. F. (1973) Small is beautiful  a study of economics as if people mattered. London, Blond and Briggs.
  • Sennett, Richard (2009), , Yale, ‘Prologue; Man as His Own Maker’
  • Slater, Don (1997). Consumer culture & modernity Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • socialdesigntalks.org
  • Solovey, Mark, & Cravens, Hamilton (2012). Cold War social science: Knowledge production, liberal democracy, and human nature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sterling, Bruce (2005) Shaping Things Cambridge, MA, MIT Press.
  • Winner, Langdon (1989), The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, University of Chicago Press, ‘Do Artefacts Have Politics?’
  • Woodham, Jonathan (2008) Britishness in Design, Material Culture and Popular Artefacts: From Empire to New Labour in: Tomlinson, Alan and Woodham, Jonathan, Eds.,  Image, Power and Space: Volume 11: Studies in Consumption and Identity,Meyer & Meyer Verlag.

CHS Archi Reading List

  • John W.Archer.  Architecture and Suburbia: From English Villa to American Dream House 1690-2000 (University of Minnesota Press, 2005)
  • Andrew Ballantyne and Andrew Law. Tudoresque: In Pursuit of the Ideal Home (Reaktion Books, 2011)
  • Reyner Banham. Megastructures: Urban Futures of the Recent Past (Icon, 1976)
  • Sarah Beeny. Property Ladder: The Developer’s Bible (Cassell Illustrated, 2004)
  • Dan Brook. A History of Future Cities (WW Norton & Co, 2013)
  • Bill Bryson. At Home: A Short History of Private Life (Black Swan, 2011)
  • Tim Campbell. Beyond Smart Cities: How Cities Network, Learn and Innovate (Routledge, 2012)
  • John Carey ed. The Faber Book of Utopias (a collection of utopian writings) (Faber & Faber, 2000)
  • Gregory Claeys. Searching for Utopia: The History of an Idea (Thames and Hudson 2011)
  • Tony Chapman. Ideal Homes: Social Change and the Experience of the Home (Routledge 1999)
  • Nic Clear. Architectures of the Near Future (John Wiley & Son. 2009)
  • Gillian Darley. Villages of Vision (Five Leaves, 2007)
  • Mike Davis. Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neo-Liberalism (The New Press 2009)
  • Ruth Eaton. Ideal Cities, Utopianism and the Unbuilt Environment (Thames and Hudson. 2002)
  • John Gray. Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Penguin 2008)
  • Richard Harper. The Connected Home: The Future of Domestic Life (Springer. 2011)
  • Owen Hatherley. Militant Modernism (Zero Books 2009)
  • W.J.T. Mitchell. E-topia (MIT Press 2000)
  • William Morris. News from Nowhere (Penguin. 1993)
  •  Richard Noble, ed. Utopias [Documents of Contemporary Art] (Whitechapel Gallery and MIT 2009)
  • Erik Olin Wright. Envisioning Real Utopias (Verso. 2011)
  • Helen Rosenau. Ideal Cities (Routledge. 1983)
  • Andrew Ross. The Celebration Chronicles: Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Property Values in Disney’s New Town (Ballantine. 2000)
  • Witold Rybczynski. The Perfect House: A Journey with the Renaissance Master- Andrea Palladio (Viking. 2008)
  • Henry Shaftoe. Convivial Urban Spaces: Creating Effective Public Spaces
  • Neil Spiller. Visionary Architecture: Blueprints of the Modern Imagination (Routledge. 2008)
  • Deborah Sugg. Ideal Home Through the Twentieth Century: A History of the Daily Mail ‘Ideal Home’ Exhibition (Manchester. 1997)
  • Sharon Zukin. Loft Living (Rutgers. 1989)

See also