Design for Participation: New tools in public engagement

Even as the design professions become increasingly specialized, there is a growing sense that anyone can be a designer of sorts. Public participation and consultation seek to involve community members in the design process, while new technology gives non-professionals access to sophisticated design tools. Debates on participatory design and planning increasingly concern decision-making authority and how to share power in light of these new tools. What changes are we seeing in the roles played by professionally trained designers in shaping everyday landscapes? Continue reading…

Speaker Spotlight: Belinda Tato, co-founder and co-director of firm Ecosistema Urbano

Society has changed and therefore the profession should react to that Belinda Tato, co-founder and co-director of firm ecosistema urbano, is an architect and author creating projects in the fields of urbanism, architecture, engineering and sociology. She founded the firm alongside business partner Jose Luis Vallejo in 2000, based in Madrid, Spain. Continue reading…

Design for Earth: Questioning Greenwashing

Green has gone mainstream. But as green walls, rooftop farms, and tree covered skyscrapers become the norm in cities around the world, critics ask if these developments are simply the latest face of greenwashing. Continue reading…

NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE comes to WDS 2017!

The international exhibition to promote French Design “NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE” will be part of the Expo next October! Continue reading…

HOW HARUKO TSUTSUI CHANGED THE WAY WE LOOKED AT ELECTRICITY

Haruko Tsutsui, concept creator, storyteller, and now creative director of global agency Dentsu (Japan), works by her agency’s philosophy to serve clients “by providing solutions that meet the challenges presented by changes in society, the environment and consumer lifestyles”. Continue reading…

NINA-MARIE E. LISTER

Nina-Marie Lister is Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor in the School of Urban + Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto. Continue reading…

DIRK SIJMONS

Dirk Sijmons (M.Sc. Engineering) (b.1949, the Netherlands), is a landscape architect and a founding partner of H+N+S Landscape Architects (since 1990). He studied architecture and planning at the Technical University of Delft. Continue reading…

TIMOTHY MORTON

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory in 2014 and has collaborated with Björk, Haim Steinbach and Olafur Eliasson. Continue reading…