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2014 New Year’s Resolution Workshops with Ayse Birsel

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When: 7 Dec 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism, 136 West 21 Street, Second Floor
Price: $250 per person, including lunch and snacks

Ayse Birsel hosts two New Year’s resolution workshops at D-Crit in early December: Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 15. Sign up here.

Give yourself the first gift of the season: set aside a few hours to playfully identify your resolutions and design your life with renowned designer, Ayse Birsel. Or give it as a gift to a loved [...]

VIDEO Vishaan Chakrabarti, “A Country of Cities”

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When: 19 Nov 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

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The architect and urban planner Vishaan Chakrabarti believes that greater urban density is key to solving many of the country’s challenges. In this lecture, drawn from his recently published book A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for Urban America (Metropolis Books) Chakrabarti argues that a future focus on Trains, Towers [...]

VIDEO Akiko Busch, “Assorted Notes on Fit”

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When: 29 Oct 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

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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 [...]

VIDEO John Warner, “It’s Funny Because It’s True. It’s True, Because It’s Funny”

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When: 15 Oct 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

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9/11 was supposed to be the death of irony; thereafter we would once again “take things seriously.” But what if irony is sincerity and seriousness? McSweeney’s Internet Tendency editor John Warner will explore these notions by examining contemporary approaches to what’s funny and how we might make use of [...]

VIDEO Glen Cummings, “Negotiating Urban Nature”

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When: 8 Oct 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

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Glen Cummings, designer and partner at MTWTF, presents recent collaborative engagements with urban nature through the ongoing Safari 7 project (iterations launching in Sao Paulo, Hong Kong and Shenzhen this fall) and Newark’s Riverfront Park.
Glen Cummings is the founding partner and creative director of MTWTF, a graphic design studio [...]

VIDEO Jane Nisselson, “Cinematics of Systems, Processes, and Beautiful Things”

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When: 1 Oct 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

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Jane Nisselson is the founder of Virtual Beauty, a film production studio whose Webby-nominated short films focus on the intersection of design, science, and engineering. Through her films, Nisselson tells stories of systems—of scientific models, innovation, diagrams, molecules, and fragrances. In this lecture Nisselson invites us to look at [...]

David van der Leer, “Into the Streets”

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When: 24 Sep 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism, 136 West 21 Street, Second Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

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Being both inspired and concerned about the current omnipresent urban moment, David van der Leer presents a series of projects on and for cities from his past years in curatorial practice. Combining urban strategies with community engagement tools from the realms of art and performance, Van der Leer developed [...]

VIDEO Constance Rosenblum, “Private Lives in the Big City: Writing About New Yorkers and Their Distinctive Habitats”

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When: 17 Sep 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Design Criticism MFA Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

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Constance Rosenblum, longtime editor and reporter at The New York Times, will discuss issues involved in writing about New Yorkers and the many and varied places they call home. In addition to her analysis of the elements that make a home in New York City distinctive, Rosenblum will discuss [...]

“Design The Life You Love,” A Workshop Led by Ayse Birsel

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When: 14 Sep 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: MFA Design Criticism Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd Floor
Price: $250 per person, including lunch and snacks

A one-day workshop to think about your life with creativity and imagination. Register here.
“I think our life is our most important project. It is full of constraints and challenges, just like a design project. People who have come to the workshops have told me that they wanted to pause to reflect and think about their [...]

Making Things Up: Fiction as Prototype with Alice Twemlow, David Womack, and Noam Toran, July 14–20, FRANCE

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When: 14 Jul 2013, through 20 Jul 2013
Where: Domaine de Boisbuchet, France, info@boisbuchet.org
Price: Students (under 32 with valid student ID): 795 € Professionals: 1025 € (Fee includes full board, accommodation and materials for the workshop)

Join SVA D-Crit program director and design critic Alice Twemlow, writer and R/GA executive creative director of mobile and social platforms David Womack, and artist and Design Interactions senior lecturer Noam Toran for a week-long immersion into fiction, as read through the lens of design. Participants are invited to use design and designed objects to [...]

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