• 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.

    Conference Program—Friday, December 17

    9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
    9:15 am Welcome
    Tim Marshall, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, The New School
    9:30 am Introduction: Designing the Critical Gift of Design
    Ruedi Baur, designer and professor at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
    10:00 am Breakout Sessions
    Each workshop will open with briefing statements by its group leaders and then proceed with group discussion. Please select a workshop when registering.

    * 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 that 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 can 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
    12:30 pm Lunch
    (Working lunch; group discussions continue)
    2:15 pm Coffee Break
    2:30 pm Presentations
    Each group will present its debates and perspectives for approximately 15 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion (per group) with the general audience.
    Moderated by Michael Erlhoff, Professor of Design Theory and History, Köln International School of Design
    5:30 pm Closing Remarks
    Joel Towers, Dean, Parsons School of Design
    6:00 pm Reception