The Metropolis Conference @ ICFF 2011 Design Entrepreneurs:
Local Talent, Global Markets

METROPOLIS AT ICFF 2011
Annual Conference
Monday, May 16
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

LOCAL TALENT, GLOBAL MARKETS
Architects, designers, manufacturers, and marketers join our one-day global summit to discuss how local talent and ideas can enrich world markets. Discover how the search for the authentic, the culturally distinct, and the sustainable are leading to a new generation of products, buildings, and neighborhoods. Find out ways in which design invention leads to creating jobs and livelihoods.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

10–10:10 A.M.
WELCOME

Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis editor in chief
and conference facilitator.

10:10 A.M.–12 P.M.
RAPID-FIRE PRESENTATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: PART I

SPAIN (10:10–11 A.M.)
Francisco José Comes Fambuena and Vicente Garcia Jiménez on the material romance of lighting by Fambuena.

Nani Marquina and Cristian Zuzunaga on how emotion, skill, and craftsmanship turn fiber into iconic rugs by Nanimarquina.

INDIA (11–11:30 A.M.)
Indian designer Ayush Kasliwal on the fusion of modern design and the subcontinent’s famed craft traditions.

ITALY VIA SENEGAL (11:30 A.M.–12 P.M.)
Patrizia Moroso, Bibi Seck, and Fatimata Ly on a fruitful collaboration between an Italian furniture manufacturer, a product designer, and a group of African artisans.

12–1 P.M. LUNCH BREAK

1–2:35 P.M.
RAPID-FIRE PRESENTATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: PART II

NORWAY (1–1:40 P.M.)
Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll, of Anderssen & Voll, on how Norwegian folklore and other cultural connections influence their contemporary furnishing designs.

Ane Lillian Tveit on her breakthrough first product, the so-ro cradle, and what occupational therapy has to do with it.

GERMANY (1:40–1:55 P.M.)
Russ Wheeler, of Hansgrohe’s designer brand Axor, on how the German bathroom manufacturer benefits from Italian, Spanish, and French sensibilities.

UNITED STATES (1:55–2:10 P.M.)
Jeff Reuschel on how Haworth, the American giant from the Midwest, spices up its contract furniture offerings with European designs.

ENGLAND (2:10–2:35 P.M.)
Geoffrey Harcourt, who collaborated with Pierre Paulin and Artifort, the venerable Dutch furniture manufacturer, takes the long view of local talent and global markets.

2:35–3:05 P.M.
NEW ORLEANS TO NEWARK

Tim Duggan, working with Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, helped develop sustainable landscapes for New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward. Can the lessons learned in the South help revive a beleaguered city in the North and neighborhoods elsewhere?

3:05–4 P.M.
LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND: MAKING THE GSA ENERGY INDEPENDENT

Eleni Reed, the Chief Greening Officer of the U.S. General Services Administration, discusses the GSA’s push to make the agency’s buildings sustainable. Then meet the young, interdisciplinary team that won Metropolis’s 2011 Next Generation Design Competition. Hear how they propose to convert one of the GSA’s 1960s federal office buildings from energy hog to zero environmental impact. And learn how buildings everywhere are about to benefit from their systems thinking.

Space is limited. Register here.

This program is registered for continuing education credits. Metropolis is a registered provider with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. Credit earned on completion of this event will be reported to CES Records for AIA members by the provider. Certificates of completion for non-AIA members are available upon request.

Design Entrepreneurs: Local Talent, Global Markets is sponsored by Interiors from Spain, Axor, and 3M.

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