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Design for Participation: New tools in public engagement

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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?

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Speaker spotlight: Belinda Tato, co-founder and co-director of firm ecosistema urbano

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“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.

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Design for Earth: Questioning Greenwashing

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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.

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Speaker Spotlight: The Pritzker Prize winner and social housing hero Alejandro Aravena

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“A school or public housing project operates in a more complex space where everything becomes negotiable, which I think is more creative, more difficult, more challenging for an architect and more rewarding”

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NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE comes to WDS 2017!

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The international exhibition to promote French Design "NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE" will be part of the Expo next October!

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How Haruko Tsutsui changed the way we looked at electricity

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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”.

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April 17, 2017

Announcing the expo art directors

Intégral’s design duo—Jean Beaudoin and Ruedi Baur—will take up the challenge of designing the environment for the World Design Summit Montréal.

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Dirk Sijmons

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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.

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Nina-Marie E. Lister

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

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March 28, 2017

Meet our scientific and professional committee

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Our scientific committee has been a central part of creating an unprecedented event in the world of design. Check out our video to find out more about this solid group of experts from all design disciplines.

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