Design, development, culture and cultural legacies in Asia


This paper covered a number of different issues in regards to the development of design in Asia. As I went through it, it was important for me to keep realizing that it was written in 1989. Most of what was written still has great importance today. A key concept in the paper is that Asia is struggling to find its own design identity post colonialism. It lacks the confidence to comment, appraise and judge design as it is seen as a totally Western tool. There are certain circles of designers in China and particularly in India that are ahead of their time in that they saw the need and value for their governments to invest in schools and colleges the educate their own stream of designers. Another key issue was the idea that many poor design projects – whether they are architectural or industrial – were doomed from the beginning…

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