[ENC056] El cubierto de plástico de British Railways

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The British Rail universal plastic tool which can dig and spread mustard, cut softbread rolls, stir sugar and milk and be thrownaway by its first-time user is a good example of indeterminacy in design – although finite, manipulatively intelligible and of fixed life it does not predetermine its total range ofuse either by its shape, structure, cost or means of supply. However, it has not yet generated a total and continuous rethink on the range of edible energy packs offered by BR. Planning and design based on social benefit rating (on which presumably all politics, industry and commerce are based – otherwise to be poor would be socially desirable) must provide actual potential for indeterminate change and cannot therefore draw on a cosy theory of probability, the determinants of which can be predefined.

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PRICE, Cedric. The square book. Londres: Wiley, 2003. p. 76.

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