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Among the people I wouldn't expect to hear say "co-design", one is Deyan Sudjic. His excellent book The Edifice Complex: How the Rich and Powerful Shape the World, ultimately nudges a sense that architecture and power is a kinship its author admires; while as a design critic he tends to the staunchly classical and modernist. The other is Dieter Rams, because in spite of his thoughtful and philosophical and persuasive reununciation of industrial design today, he did become famous in an era when designers didn't do "participation".  

Among the people I wouldn't expect to hear say "co-design", one is Deyan Sudjic. His excellent book The Edifice Complex: How the Rich and Powerful Shape the World, ultimately nudges a sense that architecture and power is a kinship its author admires; while as a design critic he tends to the staunchly classical and modernist. The other is Dieter Rams, because in spite of his thoughtful and philosophical and persuasive reununciation of industrial design today, he did become famous in an era when designers didn't do "participation".  

But get their little movie interview over the Vitsoe 620 chair system, configurable by the user, in the Design Museum's Less And More show. Deyan: "So you're inviting the user to co-design?" Dieter: "A little bit, yes, in this direction". This careful and partial concession is all I would expect from a designer whose rationality is sublime, and why I like Germans so much.

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