Jacobs provocatively tackles the question of why some cities seem to thrive and some wither. Combining observation and analysis with a strong social conscience and sense of justice, Jacob’s approach sets a high standard for the kind of holistic & humanistic approach design thinking needs to be.
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Stilgoe’s keen eye for observation and detail bring this exercise in psychogeography to life, making it a down-to-earth field manual for exploring spaces & their histories. The book illustrates the importance of historical analysis in research, and of seeking explanations in more than momentary trends.
Geel & Levy conduct an inspiring investigation into the practice of design by “everyday” people in India, with implications for sustainability & reuse. The book is noteworthy for its research method: trawling the bazaars of Jaipur & Delhi for objects and photographically investigating their materials, form & aesthetics.
Geertz presents anthropological essays on culture & its manifestations in everything from Moroccan civic life to Balinese cockfights. Explaining the process of unpacking observations and drawing cultural insights through interpretation, the works in this book essentially established the modern ethnographic method.
Almost forty years ago, Illich wrote this vision of a participatory design within a convivial society. He propose the creation of new society where every ordinary citizen will find opportunities to bring his/her imagination to life. The future scenarios depicted in this book can serve as a manifesto for designers who believe in the philosophy of co-creation.