Nathan Shapira Design Archive

The Shapira archive is a unique and rich body of materials representing the thinking, events and objects of 20th century design.

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The Nathan Shapira Design Archive contains well over 2,060 known design books, both contemporary and collectibles, as well as articles, files, documents, audio and video footage dating from 1963 to 2008 relative to design curriculum; lectures; seminars; and documentaries on topics addressing: design in developing countries, architecture and design in Los Angeles and Italy, as well as hallmark exhibits and conferences.

The Shapira archive contains relevant textual and visual evidence (i.e. product and graphic design) of early thinking on the contemporary design concerns of:

  • Sustainability, appropriate technology and localism
  • Culture and identity politics of the image
  • Universal and inclusive design
  • Design for emerging economies


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