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Design and the Question of History is not a work of Design History. Rather- it is a mixture of mediation- advocacy and polemic that takes seriously the directive force of design as an historical actor in and upon the world. Understanding design as a shaper of worlds within which the political- ethical and historical character of human being is at stake- this text demands radically transformed notions of both design and history. Above all- the authors posit history as the generational site of the future. Blindness to history- it is suggested- blinds us both to possibility- and to the foreclosure of possibilities- enacted through our designing. The text is not a resolved- continuous work- presented through one voice. Rather- the three authors cut across each other- presenting readers with the task of disclosing- to themselves- the commonalities- repetitions and differences within the deployed arguments- issues- approaches and styles from which the text is constituted. This is a work of friendship- of solidarity in difference- an act of cultural politics. It invites the reader to take a position - it seeks engagement over agreement.... Please click here to ask a question
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