Design Pavilion Announces Series of Virtual Talks

Normally a crowd-generating staple of the NYCxDESIGN circuit of installations, talks and pop-ups that happen right around this time, Design Pavilion has had to postpone its public exhibition to October 2020.  However, in the interim, the management team is launching a brand new website and a virtual series called Design Talks NOW, which will take place May 19-22 and throughout June.

“While the world is on hold, and our actual event postponed at this time, we offer Design Talks NOW to keep the conversations alive and on going” shares Ilene Shaw. “At a time when content is a dynamic addition to our professional and private lives, we are honored to share programming developed with our prestigious partners. The series will explore topics pointing to Future, Resiliency and Sustainability, and Humanity as touched by design. And certainly we’ll talk about where we are today, from this day forward.”

Design Pavilion Virginia Tech FUTUREHAUS courtesy Virginia Tech 2019

The series will explore topics pointing to the Future, Resiliency and Sustainability, and Humanity as touched by design. The schedule includes:

Design for Harmony: A Holistic Design Philosophy

May 19, 2020, 12:00 pm

How can we develop a holistic design philosophy that helps us deliver better experiences and greater value for all? Sustainability concerns are no longer enough to consider. We must evolve our design practices to reach beyond and enhance life on all levels. The goal of ecological harmony is to design with nature, like nature in order to develop urban solutions that measurably improve the wellbeing of all life.

A conversation between:
Dror Benshetrit, Founding Principal of Studio Dror and SuperNature Labs
Haluk Kulin, Head of Strategy + Growth, SuperNature Labs

Driving in Circles: Can we really have sustainable transportation or circular mobility?
May 20, 2020, 12:00 pm

Award winning director and documentarian Gary Hustwit moderates this panel to explore the possibilities of truly sustainable transportation.

Based on research conducted over many years, Deb Johnson and Stephan Clambaneva will provide their perspectives in an intimate conversation, virtual fire chat with Gary on how to drive the industry to make the car, historically tied to fossil fuels, truly a part of the circular economy.

Deb and Stephan will MC IDSA’s inaugural upcoming ‘Deep Dive Conference on Sustainability + Circular Design’, a curated experience for all creatives with varying levels of knowledge, to empower them in leading such conversations with greater results, to be held in June by IDSA.

Shifting Art & Design Practices During Times of Crisis: Presented by Rhode Island School of Design
May 21, 2020, 12:00 pm

Hear from notable RISD alumni about how they’ve shifted their respective practices due to COVID-19 pandemic, and what these impacts and adjustments may mean for the future.

Pipeline for the Future: How Exhibition Designers and Architects are Reimagining the Future

May 22, 2020, 12:00 pm

Panelists will discuss the future of design for public spaces, museums, and institutions. They will address the challenge of creating a space that is dynamic and engaging and explore how technology and immersive design have changed.