In Design and Truth Robert Grudin, professor emeritus in the English Department at the University of Oregon, tackles the presence of design in our daily lives. His focus is on the way political and economic powers assert themselves in the built environment, and he finds examples throughout history and across medium. Grudin touches on Italian mannerist painting and Jefferson’s Monticello. His intent is to explain design’s hold on us, on people, and investigate the psychological and moral effect of art, architecture, and more.

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