[MGSA-L] New book: "Fragile Innovation: Episodes in Greek Design History" by Dr Artemis Yagou

Evangelos Calotychos ec2268 at columbia.edu
Thu Nov 17 18:36:21 PST 2011

List members may find interesting the focus of this recently published monograph: 

"Fragile Innovation: Episodes in Greek Design History" by Dr Artemis Yagou; Scholar in residence, Deutsches Museum, Munich


Fragile Innovation suggests a reading of Greek modernisation from a design history perspective. By focusing on selected examples from the 19th century until today, the book discusses the difficulties and controversies surrounding local design development and illustrates the “incomplete project” of Greek industrial design. The book concludes by highlighting the fact that design in the global, post-industrial, digital society is undergoing a transformation towards new directions, of which the re-emergence of crafts and the rise of service design are notable examples. Design has now moved far beyond aesthetics and the drafting of national design strategies may be crucial for the future. Here lies a great chance to re-invent design in Greece and turn it into a vital tool for the future. What could the role of design be in renewing local economy and revitalising society?
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About the Author
Artemis Yagou, PhD, is a Greek design historian. Her research interests include the uses of nationalism in design, the history of dress, design education, as well as design in the context of the history of technology.

Vangelis Calotychos 
Associate Professor, Program in Hellenic Studies 
Department of Classics 
Columbia University 
606 Hamilton Hall, 
1130 Amsterdam Avenue, 
New York, NY 10027 
Tel:  212-854-6988 
Fax: 212-854-7856 
ec2268 at columbia.edu

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