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A New York-Denmark Conversation: How Design Shapes Difference Across Business and Society

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sky Room 2 West 13th Street, 12th Floor. New York, New York 10011

The Future Design Can Make: A New York-Denmark Conversation on How Design Shapes Difference across Business and Society.

This transatlantic exchange explores how the global design challenges of today redefine the dynamic relationships between business, society, institutions, and education. How do we build upon past design legacies while enabling a broader understanding of value creation, collaboration, and inclusive practice to match the urgency of tomorrow?


Participating partners include: Danish Design Award Jury, Danish Design Centre, Design denmark, the Design School Kolding, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Designmuseum Danmark, the Parsons School of Design and the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum.


2:00: Welcome remarks:

- Parsons Executive Dean Joel Towers


2:10-2:55 Act I: Trends and Horizons

In its ever-expanding reach how does design drive societal change today?  

- Jesper von Wieding, Concept Developer and Jury Chairman, Danish Design Award

- Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Interlocutor: Cotter Christian, Director BFA Interior Design, Parsons School of Design


(15 minute coffee break)


3:10-3:55 Act II: Educating Future Designers

What are the changing contexts of civic society and market drivers?

- Lene Dammand Lund, Dean of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

- Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen, Dean of the Design School Kolding

- Sarah E. Lawrence, Dean, The School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design

Interlocutor: Shana Agid, Assistant Professor, Arts, Media, and Communication, Parsons School of Design


(15 minute coffee break)


4:10-4:55 Act III: Forces at Work

How do public and private design institutions stimulate and challenge design practice today?

- Henrik Weiglin, Managing Director, Design denmark

- Christina Melander, Head of Danish Award and Program Director, Danish Design Centre

- Rama Chorpash, Director MFA Industrial Design, Parsons School of Design

Interlocutor: Ulrich Lehmann, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, Lang - The New School


4:55 Closing remarks

– Anne Dorte Riggelsen, Ambassador, Consul General of Denmark in New York


5:00-6:00: Reception

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Denmark in New York

Presented by the Dean's Office at Parsons School of Design


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