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Julia Watson. Lo—TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism

Hardcover, Swiss binding with open spine, 6.7 x 9.6 in., 2.35 lb, 420 pages
US$ 50
Edition: English
Edition: English
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In an era of high-tech and climate extremes, we are drowning in information while starving for wisdom. Enter Lo—TEK, a design movement building on indigenous philosophy and vernacular infrastructure to generate sustainable, resilient, nature-based technology. With a foreword by anthropologist Wade Davis and spanning 18 countries from Peru and the Philippines to Tanzania and Iran, this book explores millennia-old human ingenuity on how to live in symbiosis with nature. Manifesting the disclosure of hidden knowledge, the book’s artful Swiss binding showcases an open spine, revealing the construction of the book.

Customer reviews (9)

The Power of Lo—TEK

A global exploration of nature-based technology
Three hundred years ago, intellectuals of the European Enlightenment constructed a mythology of technology. Influenced by a confluence of humanism, colonialism, and racism, this mythology ignored local wisdom and indigenous innovation, deeming it primitive. Today, we have slowly come to realize that the legacy of this mythology is haunting us.

Designers understand the urgency of reducing humanity’s negative environmental impact, yet perpetuate the same mythology of technology that relies on exploiting nature. Responding to climate change by building hard infrastructures and favoring high-tech homogenous design, we are ignoring millennia-old knowledge of how to live in symbiosis with nature. Without implementing soft systems that use biodiversity as a building block, designs remain inherently unsustainable.

Lo—TEK, derived from Traditional Ecological Knowledge, is a cumulative body of multigenerational knowledge, practices, and beliefs, countering the idea that indigenous innovation is primitive and exists isolated from technology. It is sophisticated and designed to sustainably work with complex ecosystems.

With a foreword by anthropologist Wade Davis and four chapters spanning Mountains, Forests, Deserts, and Wetlands, this book explores thousands of years of human wisdom and ingenuity from 18 countries including Peru, the Philippines, Tanzania, Kenya, Iran, Iraq, India, and Indonesia. We rediscover an ancient mythology in a contemporary context, radicalizing the spirit of human nature.

The tactile reading experience of Lo—TEK reflects the ingenuity of carefully selected projects with sophisticated design details: copper highlights the value of ancient knowledge, a cardboard hardcover echoes rawness, and the Swiss binding showcases an open spine and reveals the construction of the book, just as the book discloses hidden technological knowledge.
The editor and author

Designer, activist, academic and author Julia Watson is the principal of her eponymously named design studio working at the intersection of anthropology, ecology, innovation, and collaborates as Watson Salembier, a full-service landscape & urban design studio specializing in rewilding. Julia also lectures and consults with Fortune 500 companies to align their missions with global sustainability goals, by designing and implementing systemic change for their Sustainability, Innovation & Futures sectors. She regularly teaches Urban Design at Harvard and Columbia University. After graduating from Harvard with the highest award for her work on conservation and spiritual landscapes, she has been published in ioARCH, Topos, Seacities, LAF, The Philosophy of Dumbness, Nakhara Journal, Water Urbanisms East, World Heritage Sites and Living Culture of Indonesia, and co-authored the Spiritual Guide to Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage with Dr. J. Stephen Lansing.

The designers

Piera Wolf and Claudine Eriksson are W—E studio, a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Zürich and New York that strives to bridge time and space between these constantly evolving and contrasting cities. Piera and Claudine have individually been recognized by publications and organizations including The New York Times, Dazed Digital, Rolling Stone, Slanted, and many more. Talks, teaching, and workshop engagements include the New York School of Visual Arts, HTW Berlin, Google Creative Lab, and the Zürich University of the Arts.

Julia Watson. Lo—TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism
Hardcover, Swiss binding with open spine, 6.7 x 9.6 in., 2.35 lb, 420 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-7818-9
Edition: English

Customer reviews (9)

A very nice book, overall

Maria Giulia, October 27, 2021
Nice pictures, nice drawings, and clear explaination: a beautiful journey into native architecture


Allegra, October 27, 2021
So interesting and inspiring, very well printed and crafted.

A must have for lovers of architecture

Kassandra, October 27, 2021
Beautifully bound and highly insightful

Unique and beautiful book

Diane, October 27, 2021
Inspired choices and photography. A lot to ponder for those interested in Passive House, biomimicry, and other design spaces inspired by (and living within) the natural elements.

Amazing book

Axel, October 27, 2021
Absolutely stunning book full of philosophy

¡Excelente Libro!

Gilberto HS, December 10, 2021
Muy feliz al recibir el producto, excelente libro y proceso de envío. Sumamente interesante el contenido y lo recomiendo ampliamente.

Un livre résolument magnifique

Alexis, November 02, 2021
Lo -TEK Design bu Radical Indigenism que propose TASCHEN est un livre ressource qui expose de façon exemplaire les constructions naturelles des peuples à travers le monde. Les explications et témoignages sont très riches de sens et d'espoir sur la sobriété qui amène à des constructions ingénieuses, solides, utilitaires et parfaitement intégrées dans le paysage.

Julia Watson. Lo—TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism

Juan Jose, October 29, 2021
Seria necesario que un libro tan interesante pueda estar en español, aunque sea en alguna pagina de internet o en formato cd , dentro del libro. gracias

Superbe livre

Julien, October 27, 2021
Très beau livre je le recommande
Julia Watson. Lo—TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism
Julia Watson.
Design by Radical Indigenism
US$ 50
Julia Watson. Lo—TEK. Design by Radical Indigenism