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22 JANUARY 2013

Dieter Rams: lasting principles for good design

"Tom Dyckhoff meets up with Dieter Rams, whose designs have found a permanent home in museums over the world."

The Culture Show, Episode 17, broadcast on Thursday 3 December 2009 23:20 BBC Two.



19561960 • 606 Universal Shelving System • BBC TwoBraun • Braun PCS 5 • component systemconsumer electronicsconsumer productsdesign formalismDieter Ramsformalist design aestheticsFrankfurtgood designindustrial designindustrial designerJonathan Ivelong-lasting productslonger-lasting products • Mishal Husain • modular designmodular systemnew materialsPhilippe Starck • plattenspieler • product design • shelving • SK4 (record player) • Tom Dixon • Tom Dyckhoff • Vitsoe


Simon Perkins
25 JUNE 2010

The Open City: The Closed System and The Brittle City

"The idea of an open city is not my own: credit for it belongs to the great urbanist Jane Jacobs in the course of arguing against the urban vision of Le Corbusier. She tried to understand what results when places become both dense and diverse, as in packed streets or squares, their functions both public and private; out of such conditions comes the unexpected encounter, the chance discovery, the innovation. Her view, reflected in the bon mot of William Empson, was that 'the arts result from over–crowding'. Jacobs sought to define particular strategies for urban development, once a city is freed of the constraints of either equilibrium or integration. These include encouraging quirky, jerry–built adaptations or additions to existing buildings; encouraging uses of public spaces which don't fit neatly together, such as putting an AIDS hospice square in the middle of a shopping street. In her view, big capitalism and powerful developers tend to favour homogeneity: determinate, predictable, and balanced in form. The role of the radical planner therefore is to champion dissonance. In her famous declaration: 'if density and diversity give life, the life they breed is disorderly'. The open city feels like Naples, the closed city feels like Frankfurt."

(Richard Sennett, 2006)

Fig.1 Busy street in Naples,
Fig.2 Paris, Les Olympiades, 1969–1974, Thierry Bézecourt in 2005
[3] Sennett, R. (2006). The Open City: The Closed System and The Brittle City. Urban Age.




Simon Perkins
23 NOVEMBER 2009

Op Art: starkem Interesse am Objektiven und dem wissenschaftlichen Experiment

"Zu Beginn der 1960er Jahre entsteht mit Op Art und Kinetik eine Kunst mit starkem Interesse am Objektiven und dem wissenschaftlichen Experiment. Fasziniert von den physikalischen Gesetzen des Lichts und der Optik verschreibt sich eine ganze Generation der Untersuchung visueller Phänomene und Wahrnehmungsprinzipien. Die Täuschungsmöglichkeiten des Auges auslotend, setzen Künstler wie Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley, François Morellet, Julio Le Parc oder Gianni Colombo auf die gezielte Irritation. Mit großformatigen Bildern, Objekten und Environments bringen sie aber nicht nur das Auge des Betrachters in Bewegung. Sie lassen den Besucher in Farbe versinken, im Spiegel ins Unendliche stürzen oder bieten ihm poetische Lichtspiele. Die Interaktion zwischen Werk und Betrachter gipfelt in Installationen, die letztlich nicht nur physikalische Wirkungen in Form von Nachbildern, Farbvibrationen oder dem Flimmern von Licht entfalten, sondern auf das gesamte Bewusstsein wirken."

(Martina Weinhart, 2007)

Fig. 1 Op–Art Ausstellung, Frankfurt, 2007



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