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Dear friends, in attachment you find some letters of Susan Yalovitch, Vicor Margolin, Kjetil Fallan, Anna Calvera and me.

In November I met in New York Susan and we discussed about History of Design. After that encounter I wrote a letter to some friends. All their letters are here attached. Now I send that letters to you hoping we can go forward with this debate. Anyway I try here to summarize what in my opinion are the main points of the discussion.

  1. I insist that there is a loss of importance of History of Design in Design Schools. Many of us think that it depends upon the hegemony of technical and managerial culture. Fallon says that there is a better situation in Eastern Schools (it would be interesting to have more information about that).
  2. I deeply agree with Fallon about the autonomy of History of Design and against reducing H. of D. only to a tool for projecting (of course it can be useful to designers for their project.).
  3. About Teaching History of design: Historical or Modal way? Or both for graduating students and only Historical for the first courses?
  4. Susan remarks the difficulty in appreciating History from the young people. I insist that there is a loss of importance of History in general in postmodern culture and this influences also our schools.
  5. In AIS/Design (the Italian Society of Design Historians) we are discussing about education of Design Historians. In Italy there aren’t master or Ph.D. for education of Historians of Design.

    Here I have summarized what it seems to me the main points of the discussion but the letters are much richer. I hope we can go on in this discussion.

    Many thanks and hearing from you soon.

    Chairman of AIS/Design
    Vanni Pasca

Questo articolo è stato pubblicato in Lettere sulla storia del design, On design history

Vanni Pasca

Vanni Pasca (Giovanni Pasca Raymondi), laureato in architettura, professore ordinario di Storia del design, dal 1998 al 2008 è stato Presidente del Corso di laurea triennale in design e del Corso magistrale in design per l’area mediterranea a Palermo, dove è stato anche Coordinatore del dottorato di ricerca in Disegno industriale . Nel 2008-09 è docente a Milano di Progettisti contemporanei al Politecnico, poi di Design allo IULM di Milano e all’ISIA di Firenze. Ha fondato e diretto il magazine online padjournal.net, già palermodesign.it, con il quale ha promosso nel 2008 e nel 2010 i concorsi internazionali Design Mediterraneo (con mostra e convegno a Istanbul e Barcellona). Dirige la collana di libri Design per l’editore Lupetti/Editori di comunicazione. Ha diretto il free magazine Design Review, editore Zerocento, Palermo. È presidente di AIS/Design dalla sua fondazione.

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