Design: Building on Country

AU$ 24.95

The First Knowledges Series

Alison Page and Paul Memmott

What do you need to know to prosper as a people for at least 65,000 years?
The First Knowledges series provides a deeper understanding of the expertise and ingenuity of Indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal design is of a distinctly cultural nature, based in the Dreaming and in ancient practices grounded in Country. It is visible in the aerodynamic boomerang, the ingenious design of fish traps and the precise layouts of community settlements that strengthen social cohesion.

Alison Page and Paul Memmott show how these design principles of sophisticated function, sustainability and storytelling, refined over many millennia, are now being applied to contemporary practices. Design: Building on Country issues a challenge for a new Australian design ethos, one that truly responds to the essence of Country and its people.

Description

The First Knowledges series offers an introduction to Indigenous knowledges in vital areas and their application to the present day and the future. Exploring practices such as architecture and design, land management, medicine, astronomy and innovation, this seven-book series brings together two very different ways of understanding the natural world: one ancient, the other modern. The second book focuses on design.

About the series: Each book is a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers and editors; the series is edited by Margo Neale, senior Indigenous curator at the National Museum of Australia.

Let this series begin the discussion.’ – Bruce Pascoe

‘An act of intellectual reconciliation.’ – Lynette Russell


Product details

Published 2021
Thames & Hudson Australia
Paperback, b&w, 228 pages.
ISBN: 9781760761400

 

Additional information

Weight 0.22 kg
Dimensions 197 × 131 × 18 mm

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