For Akiko Busch, the study of design has long been about the notion of fit and how human beings find a sense of order in objects, rooms, and buildings. What are the concerns when these ideas of fit are taken to a larger landscape? And how do these excursions into the natural world find value and meaning in greater design discourse? Drawing on her books The Geography of Home, The Uncommon Lives of Common Objects, Nine Ways to Cross a River, and The Incidental Steward, Busch will consider those ways in which we derive a sense of belonging in the physical world.
Akiko Busch is the author of Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live, The Uncommon Life of Common Objects: Essays on Design, Nine Ways to Cross a River and, most recently, The Incidental Steward, a collection of her essays about citizen science and stewardship. She was a contributing editor at Metropolis Magazine for twenty years, and her essays about design, culture, and nature have appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogues. She has taught at the University of Hartford and Bennington College and is a faculty member at SVA MFA Design Criticism.