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Post-Industrial Spaces
Post-industrial spaces

In previous chapters we have examined some of the ways that production has been transformed over the past couple of decades. In particular we have examined two features, the exceptional degree of design-intensity of contemporary production, and the way in which there has been the proliferation of ‘post-industrial’ commodities, commodities which are heavily semiotic. Either they are commodities which are literally signs (such as those produced by the cultural industries or advertising), or they are semiotically embedded (such as food or travel). In both cases design is crucial and long-term.

In this chapter we are going to examine what the implications are of the development of a post-industrial society, of the growth of an economy based upon the delivery of various kinds of services ...

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