Keynote Lecture—Thursday, December 16
6:30 p.m., Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue, New York City
Beauty and the Design of Aliveness
Elaine Scarry, the Cabot Professor of Aesthetics at Harvard
University, will address the "making" of the world, as discussed in her
seminal book The Body in Pain.
Please RSVP separately to firstname.lastname@example.org for this portion of the conference. Seating for the lecture will be on a first come, first served basis.
Conference Program—Friday, December 17
||Registration and Breakfast
Tim Marshall, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, The New School
||Introduction: Designing the Critical Gift of Design
Ruedi Baur, designer and professor at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
workshop will open with briefing statements by its group leaders and
then proceed with group discussion. Please select a workshop when
* The History and the Future of the Radical Gift of Design
Critical Design Discourse, Practice, and History and Their Influence on the Future of Design
Does design history offer any examples, structural analyses or
inspiration, which could be useful for a future understanding and
practice of design?
Led by Paola Antonelli, Jamer Hunt, Günther Zamp Kelp, Wolfgang Laubersheimer, Marco Piva, Susan Yelavich
* The Critical Gift of Communication
The Limits and Extents of Design as Communication
In an age of rapidly proliferating communication technology, the media
shape—and are shaped by—design. In the face of new communications
challenges for design, we urgently need a discourse to understand the
effects these new phenomena will have on society and design.
Led by Ted Byfield, Michael Gais, Philipp Heidkamp, Cynthia Lawson, Tim Parsons
* The Gifted Theory of Design
Designing as Giving: Excess and Exchange
Throughout the last few years, we have observed the development of a
distinct design theory. How can we formulate this as a transdisciplinary
theory and how could this theory become an innovative and maybe even
radical perspective for and partner of design practice?
Led by Ruedi Baur, Clive Dilnot, Michael Erlhoff, Pascale Gatzen, Gesche Joost
* The Social Construction of the Gift of Design
Gender, Pluralism, and Design Futures
Design plays a crucial role in reinforcing, but also allowing changes
to, sociocultural constructions of identity. This group will explore the
extents and limits of design agency when it comes to the
differentiation of society.
Led by Uta Brandes, Vicky Hattam, Regula Stämpfli, Cameron Tonkinwise
(Working lunch; group discussions continue)
group will present its debates and perspectives for approximately 15
minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion (per group) with the
Moderated by Michael Erlhoff, Professor of Design Theory and History, Köln International School of Design
Joel Towers, Dean, Parsons The New School for Design