Paolo Deganello

Architect; Interior Designer; Product/Industrial Designer / Italy / Paolo Deganello Architetto e Designer

Paolo Deganello’s Book List

All of my research and projects focus on trying to overcome the many injustices that afflict the most vulnerable individuals of society. Thus my ideal client almost never has the power to commission a project from me. I try to use the project opportunities presented to me to represent “the new”—bearers of radical rethinking—even if the resulting ideas contradict the reasons for those opportunities.

My design work is critical design, in the sense that it is design that functions as a critique—since many of my works aren’t built or produced. My book list reflects this approach.

10 books
Ezio Manzini
François Jégou

A fundamental guide to sustainable design.

Manfredo Tafuri

From Piranesi to the 1970s. The history of the limits of the Modern Movement in architecture analyzed in relation to social conflicts, political ideologies, the arts, and philosophy.

Tomás Maldonado

A short history of industrial design that is “produttivistic” (focused on the processes of production) but also foreshadowed the inherent contradictions of the discipline in the face of ecological degradation.

Recession Design

The work and ideas of the DIY design collective Recession Design, formed in 2008 in Milan. Composed of young designers from a variety of different countries, the collective designs and produces creative and original but inexpensive furniture using simple industrial materials and artisanal processes.

Leonardo Benevolo

This history helps us to understand the social implications of architecture.

Noam Chomsky

I suggest that young architects and designers create for the “99 percent.”

Pippo Ciorra

Catalogue of the exhibition RE-CYCLE held at MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) in Rome in 2011–12, which asked architecture and design to respond to the destruction of the planet.

Roberto Gargiani

The history of a group of young architects in Florence who used politics and art to go beyond the Modern Movement.

Luciano Gallino

Our deep economic crisis is a crisis of the world’s dominant financial system, which also dominates the cultural and political realms. We must change radically to meet this crisis, and this book helps us to understand that imperative.

Germano Celant

The “reconstruction” of an artistic movement that was fundamental to the development of Italian radical architecture.

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