Over the past two decades the prevalence of the design practice as 'Think-Tank' has become an increasingly common model. Whether this approach is born out of survivalism amid economic crisis or it is a more intentional shift on the part of designers to generate agency in the world as 'thinkers' not just 'makers', it is clear that the current generation of design practices face an imperative to organize in ways that allow them to address broader issues through a range of outlets including media, technology, visual art, journalism, branding, and politics. For disciplines like architecture, what appears to be at stake is the need to cultivate a more pro-active engagement beyond the immediate boundaries of the profession in order to drive decision making and maintain relevance. If it is true that the traditional practice of building is simply 'too slow' to keep up with the pace of change in private enterprise, then how has the design Think-Tank model increased the agility of designers in the marketplace? What are the direct results and residual effects of these strategies? How are design thinking and research methodologies evolving? This panel will bring together individuals from various design Think-Tank groups to present case studies comparing how design thinking translates to specific outputs.
Troy Therrien, Partner at Th-ey and Curator at Experiments in Motion, Columbia University, New York
Adam Greenfield, Founder of Urbanscale
Ken Farmer, DoTank Brooklyn
Landon Brown, Director of VisionArc
Georgeen Theodore, Partner at Interboro Partners
David Benjamin, Principal at The Living
Moderator: Chris Leong, Partner at Leong Leong
Organized by: AIANY New Practices Committee
Media Sponsorship for New Practices' 2012 programming provided by: Architects Newspaper
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