Shared Vision: The 2nd American Bauhaus
Shared Vision: The Second American Bauhaus, a book about the SIU Design
Department. It features interviews with and photographs of design
teachers and students between 1955 and 1985.
The author, Al Gowan, was a design student,1953-55 and 1959.
A free reading, talk, and book signing was held in Oak Park, Illinois on
November 11, 2012. Two events were held in Carbondale, Illinois on
November 14, 2012. Other readings were held in Boston, MA and Buffalo,
NY (January 30, 2013).
Shared Vision Video
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to hear Al Gowan discuss his book,
Shared Vision. Thanks to Michael
Lakota of New York City for this 10-
minute video of Al’s presentation at
the University of Buffalo on January
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Al Gowan, Jon Davey, and Thad Heckman talked about
Bucky’s connections to Carbondale, Illinois and Southern
Illinois University at a June 5, 2013 program at the American
Institute of Architects in Chicago.
Al Gowan, Jon Davey, and Thad Heckman on the left of Thad’s award
winning architectural rendering of the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome
home. On the right side are Tim Scovic and Carolyn Andrews with the
American Institute of Architects.
New Victor Papanek book out
Al Gowan’s design book, Victor Papanek: Path of a Design
Prophet is available now.
In the 1970s, Victor Papanek attacked style driven
industrial design and trickster advertising. He was thrown
out of several professional societies because he told the
truth, that design was too often style and fluff. Today,
Victor Papanek is recognized as the father of sustainable
design. Al Gowan's book tells how all of this came to be.
Here’s a link to the Victor Papanek: Path of a Design
Prophet at Amazon.com page.
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