Reaching Across Cultures: International Design Initiatives

Terra Hall, 5th Floor

Reaching Across Cultures: International Design Initiatives at the University of the Arts is part of the DesignPhiladelphia Festival, taking place October 10 - 18.

With the increasing complexity of social, technological and ecological challenges, design practice has subsequently expanded its focus to become a significant agent of social transformation and innovation. Designers have at their disposal a number of tools and methods that give them a unique ability to partner with communities, organizations and businesses to help initiate meaningful change. But how do these design tools and methods translate across cultural, linguistic and geographical lines? And how do the underlying assumptions and values embedded within these practices sit within other cultural contexts? How do designers most appropriately enter into these cultures? Reflecting on these questions will be undergraduate and graduate Industrial Design students, as well as MID Assistant Professor Jonas Milder, ID Associate Professor Mike McAllister MID '02 (Industrial Design), ID Senior Lecturer Will McHale MID '10 (Industrial Design), and Assistant Professor and MID program head Jeremy Beaudry, who will discuss two recent design collaborations in Kenya and Beirut, Lebanon, that explore the challenges inherent for designers working in global contexts.

Free and open to the public.

Terra Hall
211 S Broad Street, 5th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

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