The Critical Gift of Design
December 16–17, 2010
Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design
66 Fifth Avenue
New York City
Presented by Parsons The New School for Design
in collaboration with the Köln International School of Design
The Critical Gift of Design is a transdisciplinary exploration of design’s history and future, its
criticality and radicalism, and its limits and extents as a
communicative medium and as an agent of sociocultural change. In a
season marked by gift-giving, the conference will critically examine
what design and designers have "given" to the world, in action and in
theory, and what more they might give as the concept of design evolves
The program opens with a keynote lecture on the evening of Thursday,
December 16, with a full day of remarks, addresses, and workshops on
Friday, December 17. (Please note that registration on this page is for
the Friday only.)
This conference is organized by Parsons The New School for Design in collaboration with the Köln International School of Design.
Program topics, times, and participants are subject to change—please
check back for updates. Due to the limited seating available for this
event, advance registration is required for attendance.
A corresponding exhibition
will be on view December 16–19 in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson
Galleries at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue, NYC.
The opening reception for the exhibition will take place on December 16
at 5:00 pm.