jan michl : online articles on various design issues in ENGLISH


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A Seriouis Gap in the Education of Designers and Architects:
On the Pedagogical Importance of the Notions of Style and Styling
(and on the Need to Stop Gratifying a Fictitious Client)
.
An English abstract of a 2018 paper in Czech.
(The Czech version is available here:
Mezera v pedagogice architektury a designu ...)
2019


Book review:
John Heskett
Design and the Creation of Value.
Edited by Clive Dilnot and Suzan Boztepe.
London: Bloomsbury, 2017, 234 pp.
The Design Journal 5, September 2017, pp. 1-6.
2017


Towards understanding visual styles as inventions without expiration dates.
An extended abstract
of the eponymous article below.
2015


Towards understanding visual styles as inventions without expiration dates.
How the view of architectural history as permanent presence
might contribute to reforming education of architects and designers.

(With five annotated illustrations.)
Published in ARS 48, 2015, 1, pp. 3-21 (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava).
An extended 700 word abstract of the paper here.
2015


Dangers ahead: On bureaucratization of design research.
(with a short homage to the philosophy of Karl Popper)
2015 (2004)


A case against the modernist regime in design education.
Published in Archnet-IJAR, vol. 8, issue 2, July 2014, pp. 36-46.
2014


Taking Down the Bauhaus Wall:
Living design history as a tool for better design

Published in the September 2014 issue of The Design Journal.
2014


Taking Down the Bauhaus Wall:
Living design history as a tool for better design

A paper presented at the European Academy of Design conference "Crafting the Future" in Gothenburg on April 14, 2013, in the section "Design history as a tool for better design". (Conference MS)
Unpublished.
2013


FIRST things first - or OUR things first? On a parochial manifesto of sated professionals.
(A polemical review of the Design Manifesto First things first 2000.)
Nefoťte mě před knihovnou. Kniha pro Jana Rouse. VSUP Praha 2012, pp. 183-187.
Republished, with slight changes, from TYPO (21):7, 2006. (Prague).
2012


The modernist idea of architecture - or, Please, do not disturb:
Busy, producing Art Historically correct expressions of the Modern Epoch.

A paper presented at the School of Architecture Conference "Fixed?",
at the Plymouth University, UK, in April 2011.
Unpublished.
2011


E. H. Gombrich's adoption of the formula form follows function:
A case of mistaken identity?

Published in Human Affairs (Bratislava, Slovakia)
2009: 19 (274-288)


A case against the modernist regime in design education.
(An expanded version of the the 2007 Cumulus Conference keynote speech below,
now with copious notes and an extensive bibliography.)
Unpublished.
2007


Am I just seeing things - or is the modernist apartheid regime still in place?
(A keynote speech, presented at the 2007 Cumulus Conference in Bratislava, Slovakia.)
Unpublished.
2007


Culinary history versus cookbook:
Does the discipline of art history function as an instruction manual?

(An extended summary of the keynote lecture
at the II. Congress of Czech Art Historians in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2006.)
Unpublished.
2006


Without a godlike designer no designerlike God.
On a mistaken, creationist understanding of human artifacts in William Paley, the Intelligent Design proponents, and their opponents among evolutionary biologists.

(A paper read at the 2006 Design History Society Conference in Delft, Holland.)
Unpublished.
2006


First things first - or OUR things first?
A polemical review of the Design Manifesto First things first 2000.
Published in TYPO (Prague)
2006 (21):7.


The Metaphor of Nudity in Modern Design Thinking.

A paper read at the 2005 Cumulus Conference "Pride & Predesign: The Cultural Heritage and the Science of design", in Lisboa, Portugal.
2005


Book review:
Thomas Dickson,
Designforskning - en international oversig.t
Aarhus: Arkitektskolens Forlag, 1992, 205 pages.
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Design History
2004 (14):82-88.


On Seeing Design as Redesign:
An Exploration of a Neglected Problem in Design Education.

Published in Scandinavian Journal of Design History
2002 (12): 7-23.


Towards a Disciplinary Identity of the Making Professions:
An Introduction.

[Co-written with Halina Dunin-Woyseth]
Published in Towards a Disciplinary Identity of the Making Professions:
The Oslo Millennium Reader"

Edited together with Halina Dunin-Woyseth.
Oslo School of Architecture, Oslo
2001: 1-20 [part of a 1.2 MB pdf file; takes some time to download.]


Institutional Framework Around Successful Art Forms in Communist Czechoslovakia.
First part of a project financed by the RSS / Open Society Institute, Prague, Czech Republic,
written 1996, published online by Research Support Scheme E-Library (PDF format) in
1999.


Book review:
Marianne Aav and Nina Stritzler-Levine, eds.
Finnish Modern Design: Utopian Ideals and Everyday Realities, 1930-1997.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998, 411 pages.
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Design History
1999 (9):134-39.


Book review:
Gunilla Widengren, ed.
Tanken och handen: Konstfack 150 ar.
Stockholm: Page One Publishing, 1994
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Design History [Copenhagen]
1997 (7):149-54.


Norwegian design:
The institutional background [prior to 1996]

Published in Dictionnaire international des arts appliques et du design de 1880 a nos jours.,
edited by Arlette Barre-Despond, Paris; Edition du Regard,
1996.


Form follows WHAT ?
The modernist notion of function as a carte blanche.

Published in 1:50 - Magazine of the Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning
[Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa]
1995 (10/Winter): 31-20.
Book review:
Birgit Kaiser
Den ideologiske funktionalisme.
Kobenhavn, G. E. C. Gad, 1992
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Design History [Copenhagen]
1994 (4): 114-118.


Book review:
Peter Lloyd Jones
Taste Today: The Role of Appreciation in Consumerism and Design.
Oxford, 1991.
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Design History [Copenhagen]
1993 (3): 113-17.


The crisis of the modernist pedagogy
and its (possibly) gratifying consequences for museums of applied art.

Published in Scandinavian Journal of Design History [Copenhagen]
1992 (2): 119-22.


Book review:
Seppo Vakeva, ed.
Product Semantics '89.
Helsinki: Publications of the University of Industrial Arts UIAH A4, 1990;
Susann Vihma, ed.
Semantic Visions in Design.
Helsinki: Publications of the University of Industrial Arts UIAH A7, 1990
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Design History [Copenhagen]
1992 (2): 123-7.


Why design?
Published in Scandinavian Newsletter [Den Haag]
1991 (6): 3.


Savoy Vase, 1936
by Alvar Aalto

Published in Contemporary Masterworks, ed. C. Naylor.
Chicago and London: St. James Press
1991: 716-17.


On the Rumor of Functional Perfection.
Published in Pro Forma [Oslo]
1990-1991 (2):67-81.


On forms following functions and Post-Modernism.
PRO FORMA [Oslo]
1989 (1): 5-15


Industrial design and social equality.
Den stora nordiska utstallningen i Kopenhamn 1888
Nordisk forum for fomginingshistoria
Helsingfors
1989 : 67-70.


Is there a duty to be modern?
Tradizione e Modernismo: Design 1918-1940.
Tradition and Modernism: Design between the Wars.

Milano
1988 : 4-7.



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