Massive Change

Author(s): Bruce Mau

Interior Design

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


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"Mankind's most successful 'program' is the triumph of the unnatural over the natural, the grid over the organic." - from Massive Change"

Bruce Mau is the President and Creative Director of Bruce Mau Design. He was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, in 1959 and studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design. In 1985 he founded his studio, Bruce Mau Design, which has gained international recognition for innovative multidisciplinary work. The studio has developed long-term creative partnerships with the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), Zone Books (New York), the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), among other institutions in North America and Europe. The studio's expertise includes print and packaging design and production, book design and production, exhibition design, research and conceptual programming, and environmental signage programs. Recently the studio has extended into dance performance, video installation, urban design, and education. In 2003 they launched the Institute Without Boundaries, a new post-graduate research and design program in partnership with Toronto City College. From 1991 to 1993, Bruce Mau served as Creative Director of I.D. Magazine. Presently he is the design director of Zone Books, and an editor (with Sanford Kwinter and Jonathan Crary) of Swerve Editions, a Zone imprint. LifeStyle, the first monograph on the BMD studio and contemporary design culture, was published by Phaidon in 2000. Mau designed and conceived the award-winning book S,M,L,XL with Rem Koolhaas, published in 1995. Mau has been a visiting scholar at institutions worldwide, including The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Rice University in Houston, the University of Toronto's School of Architecture, and California Institute of the Arts, where he was an artist-in-residence. He has lectured widely throughout North America and in Berlin and Zurich, and in 1998 won the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation.

Preface; Urbanism; Movement; Information and Software; Energy; The Image; Consuming; Military; Material; Manufacturing; Health and Living; Wealth and Politics; Timeline

General Fields

  • : 9780714844015
  • : Phaidon Press
  • : Phaidon Press
  • : 0.957
  • : August 2004
  • : 245mm X 172mm X 29mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bruce Mau
  • : Hardback
  • : HB
  • : 306
  • : very good
  • : 240
  • : 205colour, 50 b/w illustrations