Utopian design: can the evolution of design be successful against the mainstream?

Shearn, Samantha (2009) Utopian design: can the evolution of design be successful against the mainstream? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    When exploring the relationship between design and people, a clear divide has formed through the mainstream and utopian believers. New possible approaches toward design are derived through politics and creating a statement of art. Ultimately, forming the ability to be 'unique' by questioning what initially was right creates endless possibilities in design. Unique design has mainly derived from historic value this can be argued as to whether it is truly unique. The corrections that occur create new forms and meaning to its time. This dissertation looks at five designers all that hold a common value to explore the greater need of change through their work, but are all very different from one another. The architects I have chosen to look at are Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, famous for his unique and highly individualized architecture; Ant Farm, California, a revolutionary group, derived from the 'movement' of counter-culture; Archigram, London, a collaborative group formed to elaborate architecture against the mainstream Cyberspace Theory of the evolution of design and Future Systems, Selfridges, Birmingham, a building that concludes design and where it is today.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > Portsmouth School of Architecture
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/711

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