The Critical Gift of Design

The Critical Gift of Design
December 16–17, 2010
Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
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 and expands.

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.


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