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The Responsive Environment: Design, Aesthetics, and the Human in the 1970s (Paperback)
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The Responsive Environment: Design, Aesthetics, and the Human in the 1970s (Paperback)

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How the relationship between the environment and the human response to it became a central feature of design philosophies and practices in the 1970s

At the dawn of the 1970s, thinkers across architecture, design, anthropology, and media studies launched innovative projects and dialogues that changed the relationship between people and their environments. Taking the form of art installations, architectural projects, exhibitions, publications, and symposia, these initiatives all sought to bring together environmental concerns and insights from biology, systems theory, psychology, and anthropology with modernist legacies of total design.

In The Responsive Environment, Larry D. Busbea takes up this concept of environment as an object and method of design at the height of its aesthetic, technical, and discursive elaboration. Exploring novel models of environmental perception, patterning, and control as developed by Gregory Bateson, Edward T. Hall, Wolf Hilbertz, Gyoergy Kepes, Marshall McLuhan, Nicholas Negroponte, Paolo Soleri, and others, he shows how living space was reimagined as a domain capable of modification through input from its newly sensitized inhabitants.

The Responsive Environment intercuts the development of new ideas about environmental awareness with case studies of specific architecture and design projects. Busbea connects these theories and practices to the contemporary obsession with "smart" living: responsive technologies, intelligent environments, biomimetic materials, and digital atmospherics.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9781517907105
Number of pages: 344
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 38 mm
Edition: 1

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