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Glass House Conversations With Host Laetitia Wolff of desigNYC

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How do we encourage design ACTION
(“do tanks” vs. “think tanks”)
to improve our cities?

Laetitia WolffJoin us for this week’s online Glass House Conversation with host Laetitia Wolff, Executive Director of desigNYC!

The conversation has grown into a great discussion on design and action, with contemporary examples such as the School of Visual Arts Impact for Social Change summer residency program, Architecture for Humanity – and even Occupy Wall Street!

Participants, including graphic designer and author Steven Heller, industrial designers Ayse Birsel and Tucker Viemeister, interaction designer Carla Diana, and many more individuals from a variety of fields, have been debating the following question:

Today much thought is being dedicated to re-designing the urban environment by both public and private agencies. The growth of design thinking in schools, consultancies and online, and the popularity of urban interventions, actions, workshops, charrettes and other short term think tanks, have led to much blue-sky thinking.

How can we make sure that the wealth of ideas encouraged by the dialog amongst architects, designers and fans of urbanism ultimately motivates citizens to act, and create real implementable projects?

Inspired by desigNYC’s mission to use the power of design to improve local communities in New York City, this conversation aims to create a discussion and generate ideas as to how design can be implemented to improve our urban environment. Laetitia Wolff, Executive Director of desigNYC hosts the conversation.

How do we encourage design ACTION
(“do tanks” vs. “think tanks”)
to improve our cities?

Join the discussion!  Add your thoughts at glasshouseconversations.org!

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