Some Problems with the Concept of ‘Technology’ in Design: Interview with David Edgerton

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David Edgerton
Hugo Palmarola
Pedro Álvarez Caselli


In this interview, Edgerton criticizes the scope of STS (Science, Technology, and Society) within design, pointing to the redundancy of applying already obvious perspectives to a discipline that deals with invention and use. He further points out that we must abandon the concept of ‘technology’ and replace it with more descriptive, narrow, and useful terms.


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Edgerton, D. ., Palmarola, H. ., & Álvarez Caselli, P. (2021). Some Problems with the Concept of ‘Technology’ in Design: Interview with David Edgerton. Diseña, (18), Interview.2.
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David Edgerton, King's College London

Hans Rausing Professor of History of Science and Technology and Professor of Modern British History at King’s College. He was founding director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College London (1993-2003) and is member of the Council of the Architectural Association School of Architecture. His vision of the global history of modern ‘technology’ offers new ways of understanding the relationships between science, technology, and society. Edgerton has published Britain’s War Machine: Weapons, Resources and Experts in the Second World War (Oxford University Press, 2011), The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History since 1900 (Profile, 2006), and Warfare State: Britain 1920–1970 (Cambridge, 2005), among other books.

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