Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design (Paperback)

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The question Are We Human? is both urgent and ancient. Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley offer a multilayered exploration of the intimate relationship between human and design and rethink the philosophy of design in a multi-dimensional exploration from the very first tools and ornaments to the constant buzz of social media. The average day involves the experience of thousands of layers of design that reach to outside space but also reach deep into our bodies and brains. Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Colomina’s and Wigley’s field notes offer an archaeology of the way design has gone viral and is now bigger than the world. They range across the last few hundred thousand years and the last few seconds to scrutinize the uniquely plastic relation between brain and artifact. A vivid portrait emerges. Design is what makes the human. It becomes the way humans ask questions and thereby continuously redesign themselves.

About the Author


Beatriz Colomina is an architecture theorist, curator and professor at the Princeton University School for Architecture. One of her research focuses is sexual fantasies in association with architecture.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783037785119
ISBN-10: 303778511X
Publisher: Lars Müller
Publication Date: January 15th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English