Deliberate design and accessible architecture

Deliberate design and accessible architecture
Cardboard Cathedral, 2013, Christchurch, New Zealand / © Stephen Goodenough

… by creating whole species of permanent garbage to clutter up the landscape, and by choosing materials and processes that pollute the air we breathe, designers have become a dangerous breed.

This is just one of the acerbic opinions that Victor Papanek wrote in his seminal book “Design for the Real World.” How is it that a book so scathing of designers has been in continuous publication for the past 43 years, and translated into 23 languages?

How did an author so forthright in his negative view of the design profession end up as Professor of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas? (After all the first sentence of his book reads, “There are professions more harmful than industrial design, but only a few of them.”)[]