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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2019-09-27, ca. 330 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4781-5

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Author(s)
Jose Muñoz Alvis
Book title
Building Blocks A Cultural History of Codes, Compositions and Dispositions
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
ca. 330
Features
kart.
ISBN
978-3-8376-4781-5
Commodity Group
1585
BIC-Code
AK HBTB JNA
BISAC-Code
DES008000 HIS054000 EDU016000
THEMA-Code
AK NHTB JNB
Release date
2019-09-27
Edition
1
Topics
Technik, Bildung, Design
Readership
Cultural History and Theory, Media Studies, Early Childhood Education, Crystallography, Architecture
Keywords/Tags
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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