June 21, 2017
On 16-17 June, the World Design Summit Organization (“WDSO”) hosted the second of two Pre-Summit Meetings in Paris, France. These meetings offer a collaborative, global partnership platform for international organizations to meet around their common cause: creating a better world for all by harnessing the power of design. Participants of the World Design Summit […]
Another successful round of Call for Proposals has just closed for the World Design Summit. Continuing the impressive momentum of the 1st call, 760 proposals have now been submitted from over 50 countries around the globe!
We are living in the Anthropocene, whether we like it or not. We can only go forward, and we have to find the best ways of making progress.
“Signage is not just a matter of indicating the way and orienting people. It is also an identity issue. It’s a matter of giving visual expression to a place.” - Ruedi Baur, keynote speaker.
The World Design Summit is proud to announce the participation of Ruedi Baur, graphic artist, spatial problem-solver and urban designer to the line-up of keynote speakers at the Summit's Congress, this October 2017.
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?
“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.
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.
“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”