jan michl : online articles on various design issues in ENGLISH


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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Unpublished.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
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Unpublished.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Unpublished.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Unpublished.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Unpublished.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.
[Review of ]
Thomas Dickson,
Designforskning - en international oversigt
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.
[Review of ]
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.
[Review of ]
Gunilla Widengren, ed.
Tanken och handen: Konstfack 150 �r.
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 appliqués et du design de 1880 á nos jours,
edited by Arlette Barré-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.
[Review of]
Birgit Kaiser
Den ideologiske funktionalisme
København, G. E. C. Gad, 1992
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Design History [Copenhagen]
1994 (4): 114-118.
Taking Taste Seriously:
Peter Lloyd Jones on the Role of Appreciation in Consumerism and Design

[Review article]
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.
[Review of ]
Seppo Väkevä, 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 utställningen i Köpenhamn 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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