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August 14, 2017

Jean-Jacques L’Hénaff: transforming trends and insights into delightful experiences

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Jean-Jacques L’Hénaff has served as Vice President – Design for American Standard Brands since October 2013. Prior to joining the company, L’Hénaff had been a design executive for Kohler Asia, Audiovox, and Terk Technologies, and held various design management positions for consulting firms such as Henry Dreyfuss Associates and The Arnell Group in New York […]

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August 11, 2017

Pierre-Yves Panis: Designing Experience

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“Design is a way to address an issue…” During his 25-year career, Pierre-Yves Panis has often been asked what design is. When Mr. Panis talks about design, he talks about the way design is structured. “Don’t ask a designer to build a bridge, but rather ask them the best way to get across the river,” […]

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August 3, 2017

Leading by design: Maureen Thurston

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Leading by design: Maureen Thurston Source Maureen Thurston has an unusual career trajectory for an Industrial Designer. In her 30-plus year career, Ms Thurston has brought design principles to business strategy, leading a major rethinking of consultancy services to be “design led.” After transforming Deloitte Australia into a bold innovator, she joined the Aurecon consulting […]

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July 28, 2017

Claude Cormier : La Vie En Rose

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Pink Balls in Montreal’s Gay Village It’s a busy year for Claude Cormier. His popular “Pink Balls” installation in Montreal’s Gay Village was revamped with rainbow hues, he launched “La Balade pour la Paix,” an open-air museum also in Montreal, and rejuvenated Toronto’s Berczy Park. The influential landscape architect will discuss his work as a […]

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July 28, 2017

Brazilian design is on the move!

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By BR2CA The World Design Summit Organization is pleased to announce a pavilion showcasing Brazilian design at our Expo Oct 17-20. With the support of the Government of Brazil, the General Consulate of Brazil in Montréal has selected designers to be part of this pavilion, including Cesar Pieri, Creative Design Manager at Jaguar Advanced Design. […]

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July 19, 2017

Archello new “How It’s Made” exhibit will be part of the expo!

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Coming to the World Design Summit in Montreal this October 16-25, Archello’s new ‘How It’s Made’ exhibit will reveal the materials, products and technological innovations behind today’s most imaginative architecture projects in a unique and tangible way. This new exhibit draws from Archello’s online How It’s Made series, which features multiple stories around a project […]

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July 18, 2017

Synergy: a dialogue in art & design

The World Design Summit Exhibition, Synergy: a dialogue in art and design, aims to challenge designers of various fields to reflect on their creative process, design strategies and decision making that goes into their work. In order to broaden the scope of reflection and discussion, six artists have been carefully selected to represent the six themes of the event.

The exceptionally thought-provoking artworks bridge a gap between world issues and design solutions. Synergizing with the field of design, they provide a middle ground that mediates and prompts further reflection and creative insight. The World Design Summit Exhibition will feature internationally renowned artists to be revealed soon.

October 17th-20th, 2017 at Palais de Congres, Montreal in collaboration with ERISMA, co-curated by Kimberly Glassman and Kevin Poitras

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July 7, 2017

Disaster by Design: why good design is imperative

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Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London   The harrowing Grenfell Tower fire in London has made design a hot-button political issue in the United Kingdom. The blaze, which engulfed a 24-storey public housing block in North Kensington in the early hours of June 14, caused at least 80 fatalities, with a definitive death toll that […]

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Canada’s 150: Design for the future, Design for the past

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The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project by Grant Tigner Source: Canadian Centre for Architecture

Approaches to Canada’s Built Heritage Canada’s 150th anniversary arrives at a transformative time for the country. As modern planning and architecture fill our cities’ cores with indistinguishable glass towers, Canadian designers must reckon with our past.  

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June 21, 2017

International organizations gather in Paris to chart the way to the October Summit!

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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 […]

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