Last Thursday, John Thackara capped off a brief trip to New York with a stop at the Products of Design Department. Addressing a small group of friends and prospective students, John led an informal conversation about possible futures for design and designers after the industrial growth economy.
Throughout his presentation of photos, notable books and graphs on the subject, John pointed to several ingenious design solutions already proliferating in the Global South. Over twenty guests, seated in a loosely formed circle of chairs and stools chimed in with their own experiences of how design manifests itself in informal economies and less materially wealthy states. Just about each person in the room chimed in with a question or thought at least once throughout the evening.
Serving as a member of our faculty-at-large, John will engage in just this sort of conversation—informal, collaborative, and idea-generating—with our students as he meets with and advises them on their own work. He and the other esteemed members of that group, whose profiles you can see here are an invaluable asset to the program whose input will come to light on student projects, course instruction, and the critical thought that fuels this program.
Look forward to more events from us in the future, as we inch closer to the opening semester of our MFA program.