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Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014
October 1–30, 2014
Archtoberfest San Diego 2014 is a collaboratively-operated initiative aimed at establishing an annual, month-long program of public events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning and sustainability.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 2014
The primary goal of the New Urbanism Film Festival is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. The Festival brings in movies, short films, speakers, on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, to name a few. 

 

Competitions

Deadline: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Apr012013

Exhibitions: Exploring the Future at London's Design Museum

A centerpiece of an upcoming exhibition at London's Design Museum is a crowd-sourced piece of furniture. It's an idea that Made.com has pioneered in the last several years. Image courtesy Design Museum.

This is one of those times when we can’t even begin to fathom the changes happening around us. It’s particularly true for design, and an upcoming exhibition at London’s Design Museum seeks to explore its future in a new and provocative way. In conjunction with the pioneering furniture retailer Made.com, the museum’s show The Future Is Here: A New Industrial Revolution will explore the potential for democratizing the design process by taking advantage of new means of production. One of the key components of the exhibition will be a publicly commissioned piece of furniture that will be market-ready when the show opens on July 24. Starting April 8, people will have a chance to vote on the shortlist of designs that were submitted last month in response to the show’s brief. We recently spoke to curator Alex Newsom about the show, its genesis and the implications for the future of design.

How did this idea for the show come about?

The idea for the exhibition came about from discussions with the Technology Strategy Board about how most shows about digital manufacturing or "the next Industrial Revolution" have tended to focus on a single area, be that desktop fabrication, open-source design or high-tech materials. Historically speaking, true transformative change only gains traction when you have a group of new ideas and innovations feeding off each other and driving growth. That is what the exhibition sets out to show . . . that there are currently a group of new technologies and ways of making things that could act as enablers for change.

One of these key areas is crowd-sourcing. MADE have been using crowd-sourcing and crowd-selection for a number of years, and the idea of developing a new product in time for the exhibition was a strong way of communicating these ideas.

How different is crowd-sourcing from old-school market research/focus groups/etc.?

They are both methods of gaining data to help develop products. In that sense they are the same, however the way that they set about doing this could not be more different. Rather than just focusing on how the data is gathered, it is also important to look at how the data is used. Is it used to sell more products, or is it used to make products better? They are not necessarily the same thing. It is important not to lose sight of the role of the designer in all this. Without an expert making sense of the gathered data, the resulting products would have very little function or elegance. Steve Jobs once commented that they would never have invented the iPod if they listened to their customers. There is truth in this, and the role of the designer will never be replaced, however, if crowd-sourced opinions can be used by designers, rather than just marketing executives, then we could see some unique results.

With the barriers to manufacturing being removed, what are the potential environmental implications? In other words, will there be more stuff in our lives and the world around us?

Potentially yes. But there is also a more optimistic perspective. If consumers are more engaged in the design and manufacture of the products they own—would they develop a stronger attachment to them? Mass-customization can lead to products so uniquely tailored to individuals that they choose to fix and adapt them, rather than just replacing them with something new.

There is also more research going on then ever before in the field of closed-loop production. Applying the same high-tech methodology to unmaking and remaking—as we do manufacturing could result in products that not only last for longer, but are easier to break down and be remake when they do reach the end of their natural cycle.

Do the masses really make the best decisions? Or is the group who will participate in this or buy MADE's products are more self-selecting and savvy group right out of the gate?

That is one of the questions that The Future Is Here has set out to answer. Would a product that aggregates the opinions of the entire world be of use to everyone or no-one? I suspect it’s the latter and that crowd-sourcing is probably of most use within smaller, like-minded groups. But without experimenting and asking questions we will never know.

 

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