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Collecting In A Consumer Society

RRP $257.99

This groundbreaking book examines the relationship between the development of the consumer society and the rise of collecting by individuals and institutions. Rusell Belk considers how and why people collect, as individuals, corporations and museums, and the impact this collecting has on us and our culture.

Collecting in a Consumer Society outlines the history of museum collecting from ancient civilizations to the present. It also looks at aspects of consumer culture - advertizing, department stores, mass merchandizing, consumer desires, and how this relates to the activity of collecting.

Collecting in a Consumer Society is the first book to focus on collecting as material consumption. This is a provocative and engaging book, essential reading for anyone involved with the process of collecting.


Open Design : A Stakeholder-oriented Approach In Architecture, Urban Planning, And Project Management: Collecting The Following Works: Open Design, A Collaborative Approach To Architecture, Open Design And Construct Management, [and] Open Design, Cases And Exercises

RRP $390.99

Open Design refers to a stakeholder-oriented approach in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Project Management, as developed by the Chair of Computer Aided Design and Planning of Delft University of Technology. This edition collects the following three volumes on Open Design: 1) Open Design, a Collaborative Approach to Architecture, offering concepts and methods to combine technical and social optimization into one integrated design process; 2) Open Design and Construct Management, Managing Complex Construction Projects through Synthesis of Stakeholder Interests, offering a new approach to managing complexity by distinguishing best management practices for complex projects involving considerable uncertainty and risk and best practices for straightforward predictable projects; and 3) Open Design, Cases and Exercises, enabling the reader to become familiar with the decision-oriented design tools of Open Design, and their application in practice.


Collecting Colditz

RRP $14.99

Over forty years of research has resulted in this exceptional photographic history of life within Colditz Castle, the infamous Second World War prisoner of war camp in Germany, which housed such illustrious names as Douglas Bader, Lorne Welch, Micky Burns and Jack Best. Michael Booker has accumulated a wealth of information from talking to ex-POWs, as well as the German commandant Prawitt and the head of security Captain Eggers. He relates fascinating and hitherto unpublished stories of British, Polish and French prisoners, and their many and varied attempts to escape.

In addition, he has amassed a large collection of artefacts and memorabilia, some never seen before, many of which are reproduced throughout this book. Personal recollections abound, and characters like Pat Reid, Dick Howe and Sir Rupert Barry offer their insight into camp activities. This entire collection, sumptuously illustrated, stands as a testament to those who were incarcerated there and is a valuable reference on the subject.

About the Author

Michael Booker spent thirty years in the London Police Force before working in charge of security for Phillips Auctioneers. Joint founder of the Colditz Society in 1991, he now lives in Surrey.



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