Catherine Geel, Nathalie Bruyère, Victor Petit
Global Tools (1973-1975) – Éco-Design
Global Tools (1973-1975) – Éco-Design : Dé-projet & Low-Tech – The reference work in French on the Global Tools movement linked to the Italian radical architects of the 1970s, a counter-school of design valuing poor techniques, craftsmanship and questioning consumerist society, whose proposals reflect the concerns of the post-revolution era of 1968. The first French translation of the Bulletins, this exceptional edition gives an account of all the research initiated by Global Tools and extends it through the making and the manufacturing through a renewal of the Progettazione.
Through unpublished archives, this book analyzes in depth the very first French translations of the two Global Tools Bulletins, exclusive interviews with Andrea Branzi, Gaetano Pesce, Gianni Pettena, Ugo La Pietra, Alessandro Mendini and two writings that dialogue, one by Paolo Deganello and the other by Franco Raggi.
The latter presents Global Tools as follows: “Those who founded or participated in Global Tools were interested in building a program of educational and productive research activities that started from below, with the theoretical aim of liberating individual creativity from the cultural superstructures that prevented or slowed down the capacity of expression, according to the hypothesis of free, anarchist (but organized) work, of experimentation in the field of design, living and building… The attempt was also to return to a kind of “primary condition” of making that involved the individual “tools”, the first utensils at our disposal that allow us to interact with the outside world as hands, feet, senses, body, and their perception. Among the topics discussed were also a series of topics that came from the experience of American, English and Austrian anarchist groups. We condensed a very generalized and pervasive, if subterranean, trend. An experimental and expressive research combined with an anti rhetoric of the project and a near cancellation of the canonical design practice to conceive of its cure through ‘self-therapy’.”