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Massive Change is a modern illustrated primer on the new inventions, technologies, and events that are affecting the human race worldwide. The book is a part of a broader research project by Bruce Mau Design intended to provoke debate and discussion about the future of design culture, broadly defined as the "familiar objects and techniques that are transforming our lives." Massive Change is a modern illustrated primer on the new inventions, technologies, and events that are affecting the human race worldwide. The book is a part of a broader research project by Bruce Mau Design intended to provoke debate and discussion about the future of design culture, broadly defined as the "familiar objects and techniques that are transforming our lives." In essays, interviews, and provocative imagery aimed at a broad audience, Massive Change explores the changing force of design in the contemporary world, and in doing so expands the definition of design to include the built environment, transportation technologies, revolutionary materials, energy and information systems, and living organisms. The book is divided into 11 heavily illustrated sections covering major areas of change in contemporary society — such as urbanism and architecture, the military, health and living, and wealth and politics. Each section intersperses intriguing documentary images with a general introductory essay, extended captions, and interviews with leading thinkers, including engineers, designers, philosophers, scientists, architects, artists, and writers. Concluding the book is a graphic timeline of significant inventions and world events from 10,000 B.C. to the present.


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Massive Change is a modern illustrated primer on the new inventions, technologies, and events that are affecting the human race worldwide. The book is a part of a broader research project by Bruce Mau Design intended to provoke debate and discussion about the future of design culture, broadly defined as the "familiar objects and techniques that are transforming our lives." Massive Change is a modern illustrated primer on the new inventions, technologies, and events that are affecting the human race worldwide. The book is a part of a broader research project by Bruce Mau Design intended to provoke debate and discussion about the future of design culture, broadly defined as the "familiar objects and techniques that are transforming our lives." In essays, interviews, and provocative imagery aimed at a broad audience, Massive Change explores the changing force of design in the contemporary world, and in doing so expands the definition of design to include the built environment, transportation technologies, revolutionary materials, energy and information systems, and living organisms. The book is divided into 11 heavily illustrated sections covering major areas of change in contemporary society — such as urbanism and architecture, the military, health and living, and wealth and politics. Each section intersperses intriguing documentary images with a general introductory essay, extended captions, and interviews with leading thinkers, including engineers, designers, philosophers, scientists, architects, artists, and writers. Concluding the book is a graphic timeline of significant inventions and world events from 10,000 B.C. to the present.

30 review for Massive Change

  1. 5 out of 5

    Artur Coelho

    Este livro proclama ser não uma obra sobre o mundo do design mas sim sobre o design do mundo. É um objectivo elevado para um retrato de novas tecnologias e tendências culturais que contém a possibilidade de permitir ao homem redesenhar o planeta. Do urbanismo à engenharia genética, passando por meta-materiais, ciência avançada, organização económica e à inevitável influência militar, Massive Change mostra-nos possibilidades de redesenhar as sociedades, combater os maiores problemas com que a civ Este livro proclama ser não uma obra sobre o mundo do design mas sim sobre o design do mundo. É um objectivo elevado para um retrato de novas tecnologias e tendências culturais que contém a possibilidade de permitir ao homem redesenhar o planeta. Do urbanismo à engenharia genética, passando por meta-materiais, ciência avançada, organização económica e à inevitável influência militar, Massive Change mostra-nos possibilidades de redesenhar as sociedades, combater os maiores problemas com que a civilização humana se debate e novas soluções tecnológicas que prometem maravilhas já ao virar da esquina. Publicado em 2004, as tendências e desenvolvimentos tecnológicos ainda não se encontram amplamente aplicadas aos olhos de quem lê em 2012, mas a promessa e a necessidade de mudar o mundo, fugindo da espiral de pobreza, predação ambiental e decadência civilizacional não perdeu a incisiva importância.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abraham

    An exciting book to get into - I love all those OMA-related big colorful books. The problem is that this is one of those visionary books that attempts to throw a big WOW over the nauseating forward motion of science and technology. That would be great if this weren't already fairly dated - nothing fades faster than the big wow of what technology will do to our way of being than a hint of being dated. And it'd not dated enough to be a nostalgic walk through the future of the past. Still, some of An exciting book to get into - I love all those OMA-related big colorful books. The problem is that this is one of those visionary books that attempts to throw a big WOW over the nauseating forward motion of science and technology. That would be great if this weren't already fairly dated - nothing fades faster than the big wow of what technology will do to our way of being than a hint of being dated. And it'd not dated enough to be a nostalgic walk through the future of the past. Still, some of it is pretty fascinating, and the argument, that the world in which we live and which we build is a design masterpiece to put the death star to shame, is a compelling one. It is the sense of wonder that comes through. Still, it is a bit hard to finish.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christian Molenaar

    Damn bro this issue of Wired is long asf

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    In the words of author and designer Bruce Mau, "Massive Change is not about the world of design; it's about the design of the world." The design of the world is a daunting and broad subject for a book, but somehow the Mau largely delivers on his promise. Massive Change is structured as a series of vignettes focusing on different subjects — bioengineering, housing huge populations, information communication and visualization, eradicating disease, militarism and war, etc. Within each chapter, inter In the words of author and designer Bruce Mau, "Massive Change is not about the world of design; it's about the design of the world." The design of the world is a daunting and broad subject for a book, but somehow the Mau largely delivers on his promise. Massive Change is structured as a series of vignettes focusing on different subjects — bioengineering, housing huge populations, information communication and visualization, eradicating disease, militarism and war, etc. Within each chapter, international thought leaders are profiled in often fascinating interviews about their contributions to science and society. The book almost reminds me of a printed version of NPR in the sense that it treads somewhat lightly on complex subjects, but still provides enough interesting insight to inspire further reading. Plus, like NPR, most of the storytelling in the hands of interviewed experts. Although I really enjoyed the book, I thought it was made worse by only relying on liberal ideologies, which came through especially in the chapter about military technology. Although I'm glad the book has a strong point-of-view, some of the interviews on controversial subjects would have been more interesting as one-on-one debates from opposing viewpoints.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    This book tries to motivate society to think of the entirety of humanity when faced with an objective. Massive Change is structured in a pick up and glance format (which I didn't know going in, I assume the format was intentional?). Minimal depth, quick interviews, large photos with brief motivational statements. More of a coffee table book than anything, this book will only function in that setting. Sitting down to read this cover to cover is more frustrating than enjoyable because of its lack This book tries to motivate society to think of the entirety of humanity when faced with an objective. Massive Change is structured in a pick up and glance format (which I didn't know going in, I assume the format was intentional?). Minimal depth, quick interviews, large photos with brief motivational statements. More of a coffee table book than anything, this book will only function in that setting. Sitting down to read this cover to cover is more frustrating than enjoyable because of its lack of depth and sporadic structure. Pick it up. Skim it. Put it down. Skim more later.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    This is the kind of book you don't read from cover to cover, but rather pick up off the table and read bits and pieces of from time to time, or just look at the pictures. The urban planning and sustainability sections are a little hard for me to get through since they contain essentially very basic information of the type I deal with every day at work, but presented as if they're the most radical notions ever put in print. And my brother-in-law Caleb is mentioned in the acknowledgments/contribut This is the kind of book you don't read from cover to cover, but rather pick up off the table and read bits and pieces of from time to time, or just look at the pictures. The urban planning and sustainability sections are a little hard for me to get through since they contain essentially very basic information of the type I deal with every day at work, but presented as if they're the most radical notions ever put in print. And my brother-in-law Caleb is mentioned in the acknowledgments/contributors section of book, but not next to the section they wholesale stole from him... doh!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Damon

    Its more of a coffee table book. Simple spreads about a topic or a person of interest vision on what is out there to be done in this field. Ultimately Mau is trying to perform the binding of many fields together in one book under the title of design. The article on Curitiba, Brazil made me completely re-think urban rapid transit to encapsulate something that is a more open system (buses with movable docking terminals that can grow and change with a city instead of a closed system like a rails.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This book takes on a huge challenge and doesn't completely succeed. It doesn't completely fail either. The book is well-organized and beautiful to look at. There are interviews with people who are prominent in various areas of industrial design and related fields. The themes are important: Responsibility, sustainability, the application of technology to human problems. It made me want to learn more. This book takes on a huge challenge and doesn't completely succeed. It doesn't completely fail either. The book is well-organized and beautiful to look at. There are interviews with people who are prominent in various areas of industrial design and related fields. The themes are important: Responsibility, sustainability, the application of technology to human problems. It made me want to learn more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    This is a hugely important book to me. Everytime I need some direction, am depressed with the state of the world, and/or I don't know what the hell is going on with my life, I have to read this book. It's hopeful and optimistic to a degree that I could never be; a perfect foil, if you would. This book could be my mentor in design. It was, and still is an absolute must-read for me. This is a hugely important book to me. Everytime I need some direction, am depressed with the state of the world, and/or I don't know what the hell is going on with my life, I have to read this book. It's hopeful and optimistic to a degree that I could never be; a perfect foil, if you would. This book could be my mentor in design. It was, and still is an absolute must-read for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pierre

    Our world is changing ever more rapidly and at ever larger scale. Contributing essayists give a glimpse of our future ranging from information and science to medicine and health to infrastructure and the environment. I am a policy analyst dealing with clean energy and the environment and find this book to be very uplifting that we can indeed meet the challenges of this new century.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    So smart! People too often write design off as trivial because they think that it is just about "making things pretty." So smart! People too often write design off as trivial because they think that it is just about "making things pretty."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    Read this a while ago, basic overview of developments. However it read like techno-sensationalism. No challenges to social structures or bases of problems.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Full of interesting ideas, some are appealing and some are kind of worrisome. I the basic premise and optimism of the project are refreshing, but I sometimes wondered "were have i heard this before?" Full of interesting ideas, some are appealing and some are kind of worrisome. I the basic premise and optimism of the project are refreshing, but I sometimes wondered "were have i heard this before?"

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    There are some great photographs in this book and information on new technology related to sustainability.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    bruce mau yo. bruce mau.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pierre

    This pretentious book is hopeful in the feeling that, YEAH WE CAN DO IT! but a big let down when you realize, WHY WE LREADY DOING IT ALL THE TIME AND THERE'S STILL SHITTINESS! This pretentious book is hopeful in the feeling that, YEAH WE CAN DO IT! but a big let down when you realize, WHY WE LREADY DOING IT ALL THE TIME AND THERE'S STILL SHITTINESS!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    changing the world through graphic design. People will notice if you MAKE THE FONT ALL CAPS AND BOLD AND SO THAT IT COVERS AN ENTIRE PAGE SPREAD

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael Cetrone

    This is an excellent compilation of where mankind is doing great things around the world in many endeavors that will be important to renewable and sustainable cultures.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Skander

    After seeing the exhibit, I need to get a copy and devour it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    designing designing systems

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    this is a great eclectic mix of crazy thoughts. it's visual. The exhibit, while it was in Chicago, was great as well. this is a great eclectic mix of crazy thoughts. it's visual. The exhibit, while it was in Chicago, was great as well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David

    Excellent source for urban planners, alternative energy companies, architects, etc. The book focuses on what we should do by exploring what we should expect in the future.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Moses

    Not really a reading-type of material. Never finished due to disinterest.

  24. 4 out of 5

    David Witte

    Great resource for new approaches and ideas developed and being developed out there. It was fascinating.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Tekwani

  26. 4 out of 5

    Khamis Hammoudeh

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jurgen Eric

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cory McNair

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hamby

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