One day to go before What Design Can Do kicks of. Like last year Athenaeum Bookstore will set up a bookstand in the Stadsschouwburg with lots of desirable design books.

On offer are several books by WDCD’s speakers. Like the brand new first Chineasy book by ShaoLan Hsueh (€ 19,95) explaining the basics of Chinese language with easy to remember graphics. Also just published: Synthetic Aesthetics (€ 38,95) by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and others with over 300 pages containing essays investigating synthetic biology and design and descriptions of six boundary-crossing collaborations between artists and designers and synthetic biologists.

Next to Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design (€ 24,50) by Michael Bierut, will be Unconventional computing. Design methods for adaptive architecture (€ 59,50) by Rachel Armstrong and Simone Ferracina. This book explores the emerging terrain of negotiated acts of co-design between humans, nonhumans and matter, where spatial programs are regarded as acts of persuasion, co-operation and symbiosis.

Also available is Hello, My Name is Paul Smith (€ 55,00) by Deyan Sudjic and Donna Loveday, published on the occasion of the exhibition on the work of Paul Smith in London’s Design Museum, which has been extended until 22 June. Published with another exhibition, in 2011 in MoMA is Talk to Me (€ 38,95) by Paola Antonelli and James Hunt on the communication between people and things.

To be officially published on Thursday evening is Here, There, Everywhere (€ 39,00), a visual and textual anthology of realistic and imaginative design projects by Droog Lab in collaboration with Winy Maas, Metahaven, Jurgen Bey, Richard Hutten, TD, Mieke Gerritzen, Erik Kessels, Bas Princen, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and others. The projects are a culmination of four years of self-initiated work by Droog Lab in collaboration with partners, designers and clients. Initiated by Renny Ramakers in 2009, Droog Lab scans the world for emerging developments, exploring the broader relevance of local findings.

All this and a lot more make the Athenaeum/WDCD bookstand a candy store for design book lovers.

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