The Metropolis Conference @ ICFF— Design Entrepreneurs: INNOVATE

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York City
Monday May 18, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The annual full-day Metropolis Conference @ ICFF is an international gathering of entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and innovators from many fields and disciplines. The key to success—now more urgently than ever—is INNOVATION. How are designers, architects, businesses, and schools reinventing themselves to fit 21st century models? Our speakers share their insights and success.

Join us as we explore the essential role of innovation in architecture, design, education, business, materials, technology, history and more!
Held in the ICFF Theatre, right on the show floor.

Stop in for a dose of inspiration, or stay for the day.
This program is registered for continuing education credits

•10:00-10:15 AM
Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis editor in chief and conference facilitator, and Bruce Brigham, FASID, ASID president

•10:15AM-11:15 AM
The Second Annual ASID New York Education Legacy Fund’s (ELF) Horace Havemeyer III Keynote address by James Ludwig.

With his access to worldwide markets Ludwig, vice president for Global Design at Steelcase Inc., stresses an approach to product design that incorporates environmental and human health concerns with a dose of sophistication and lust for the response, “Damn, that’s beautiful.”

•11:15-11:30 AM
Bucky Fuller, the grandfather of modern innovation

Architect Jonathan Marvel of Rogers Marvel Architects, New York and board member for the Buckminster Fuller Institute, introduces a series of 3 short films from the BFI archives; the films will be shown throughout the conference.

•11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Peter Yost asks: What might the American Home be like in 2030?

The one thing we can all count on is …change. It’s like gravity, not just an idea, it’s the law. The forces that will exert change on the way we design and build are just as inexorable—economic, environmental, social. As with gravity, we can let these forces “drag” us down in our work, or we can use them to build momentum for improving the ways in which buildings shelter and nurture us. Yost will use his perspective as a green building consultant to surmise how the building envelope, its mechanical systems, and the services or functions buildings deliver will change in the next twenty years. Come measure Yost’s vision and perhaps offer your own!

•12:30-1:00 PM

•1:00 – 2:00 PM
Anna Dyson connects academic research with architecture’s need for

Dyson, the director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s graduate program in architectural materials research, talks about a ground-breaking educational/research program called Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), a joint research effort between RPI and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

•2:00-4:00 PM
Product Innovators

– Bucky Short
Dr. Andrew Dent, vice president, Library & Materials Research, Material ConneXion believes that true innovation in materials can be an effective use of scarce resources or technology transfers. He presents innovative materials informed by biomimicry and cross-pollination, and assesses what they mean for the future of production.
Henrik Otto, senior vice president of Global Design at Electrolux and juror for the Electrolux Design Lab, an annual global design competition open to industrial design students, presents this year’s ideas and discusses how these can lead to product innovation.
Jeff Avallon, John Goscha, and Morgan Newman, founders of IdeaPaint reveal how their new business started in a college dorm, how they came to create a new product, a fresh approach to marketing, and a new company.
Eve Blossom, founder and president of Lulan Artisans, discusses how business innovation can happen when you follow your heart; hers lead her to the master weavers of Southeast Asia.
– Bucky Short

•4:00-5:00 PM
Fix our energy addiction

Meet Metropolis’s 2009 Next Generation Competition honorees and hear about the winners’ brilliantly simple but far reaching innovation; plus 6 other great ideas from this year’s runners up.

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 INNOVATE is sponsored by Interiors from Spain and the American Society of Interior Designers

Space is limited. Register here:

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