Why Design Now? National Design Triennial
Ellen Lupton, Cara McCarty, Matilda McQuaid, and Cynthia Smith, with contributions by Andrea Lipps
Designed by Michael Bierut, a partner in the award-winning design firm Pentagram, Why Design Now? is the first Triennial book to be truly international in reach, with 134 designers and projects in more than forty-four countries. Featuring eight essays by Cooper-Hewitt curators, project profiles, and 370 full-color illustrations, many of which have never been published, Why Design Now? is a glimpse into contemporary innovation and an up-to-the-minute survey of what progressive designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and citizens are doing in diverse fields and at different scales. Many of the featured works have influenced other designers by proposing new methodologies or by pioneering new techniques; also included are practical solutions already being implemented as well as experimental ideas designed to inspire further research. Each of the selected works—from a soil-powered table lamp to a post-petroleum urban utopia—celebrates the transformative power of design.
Hardcover, 8.5 × 11” / 192 pgs / 370 illustrations
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