Building Blocks

A Cultural History of Codes, Compositions and Dispositions

Building blocks are practical materials for playing, learning and working at kindergartens, schools, universities and companies. How did building blocks, which were primarily established as toys for children, come to be practical materials used in professional and educational settings?

This study explores the historical implications of particular sets of building blocks in the interdisciplinary consolidation and transformation of techniques, materials, discourses and subjects. By mapping the genealogy of building blocks from Fröbel's »gifts« to their current systematization as interlocked blocks, this study proposes that building blocks should be understood not exclusively as concrete objects, but as the materiality of a combinatorial program, which delineates a modular system characterized by a code of composition, a context-neutrality and a semantic component.

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14. Mai 2020, 318 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4781-5

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Jose Muñoz Alvis

Jose Muñoz Alvis, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Deutschland

Autor_in(nen)
Jose Muñoz Alvis
Buchtitel
Building Blocks A Cultural History of Codes, Compositions and Dispositions
Verlag
transcript Verlag
Seitenanzahl
318
Ausstattung
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 59 SW-Abbildungen
ISBN
978-3-8376-4781-5
DOI
10.14361/9783839447819
Warengruppe
1585
BIC-Code
AK HBTB JNA
BISAC-Code
DES008000 HIS054000 EDU016000
THEMA-Code
AK NHTB JNB
Erscheinungsdatum
14. Mai 2020
Auflage
1
Themen
Technik, Design, Bildung
Adressaten
Cultural History and Theory, Media Studies, Early Childhood Education, Crystallography, Architecture
Schlagworte
Friedrich Fröbel, Cultural Techniques, Building Blocks, Modularization, Kindergarten, Education, Design, Technology, Cultural History, History of Education, History of Technology, Cultural Studies

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