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VIDEO Peter Bil’ak, “Works That Work, Making Magazines Today”

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When: 1 Apr 2014, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, Second Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

A year ago, Peter Bil’ak started Works That Work, a new magazine devoted to creativity. This bi-annual features in-depth essays and stories on subjects connected with design, and is an international showcase of unexpected creativity that improves our lives.
Bil’ak will share his experience of starting a new magazine at a time when many printed periodicals are [...]

VIDEO Ellen Lupton, “Design Fictions” (THURSDAY)

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When: 27 Mar 2014, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, Second Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

Ellen Lupton keeps telling stories. In this talk, she will tell the stories behind some new and recent projects, and she will explain how the art of narrative has come to dominate her understanding of design practice. She will draw examples from her work as Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum [...]

VIDEO Sharon Helgason Gallagher, “The Book and the Bicycle”

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When: 18 Mar 2014, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, Second Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

Why do we enjoy riding bicycles? Why do we take pleasure in reading books? In both cases, the design of the object is an excellent fit for both the human body and the human mind. Books and bicycles have a way of inviting us to use them; and they reward that use with pleasure. With [...]

VIDEO Phillip Tiongson, “Invention and Intention: Building Experiential Stories”

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Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, Second Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

Designing for interaction is a moving target. Moore’s law speaks to the massive disruptions to hardware, software, and the information networks around us. As a result, what barely worked yesterday becomes the assumption of today—and tomorrow’s cliche. Potion, a New York-City based interaction design firm, finds inspiration in this state of constant flux. For clients [...]

VIDEO Rick Poynor, “Dom Sylvester Houédard: Letters in Space” (THURSDAY Feb 27)

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Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, Second Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

In the mid-1960s, concrete poetry was an international art world phenomenon and Dom Sylvester Houédard—Benedictine monk, religious scholar, creator of “typestracts” and a leading theorist of visual poetry—was one of its most tireless ambassadors. In his visual poems, tapped out an Olivetti Lettera 22 portable typewriter, Houédard built abstract, non-semantic space-frames from a rigorously purified [...]

VIDEO Robert Krulwich, “Hard Stories Told Easily”

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When: 25 Feb 2014, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: SVA MFA Design Criticism Department, 136 West 21 Street, Second Floor
Price: Free (registration is required)

There are ways, lots of ways, to take technically complex stories and tell them to a lay audience — not dumbing them down, not ignoring the hard parts, but making them compelling, even fun. Radiolab co-host Robert Krulwich will share his techniques used on the show and how they steal from the most adventurous, daring [...]

VIDEO Eva Franch, “Corporate Avant Garde and the Return of Disruption”

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When: 28 Jan 2014, 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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Storefront for Art and Architecture is a nonprofit organization with a vibrant program of exhibitions, talks, publications, and screenings, intended to advance experimentation in architecture, and the built environment. Storefront is located in a unique triangular ground-level space in lower Manhattan with an iconic pivoting façade by Steven Holl and [...]

VIDEO Lingua Franca: The 2014 D-Crit Conference

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When: 27 Jan 2014
Where: SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York, NY
Price: Free but registration is required

Save the date for the fifth annual conference organized by, and starring, graduating students of the SVA MFA in Design Criticism, scheduled forFriday, May 2, 2014 at the SVA Theatre in New York City. For a taste of what’s in store, visit the website for last year’s conference. This year’s conference will be moderated by architecture critic and [...]

VIDEO Amy Ogata, “Design, Creativity and Postwar American Childhood”

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When: 10 Dec 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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In the period after World War II childhood creativity was discussed as an untapped natural resource that could be cultivated and harvested for strategic future gains. It was understood in rosy, nationalistic terms and was materialized in artful building toys, sculptural playgrounds, children’s bedrooms and playrooms, postwar schools, special museums, [...]

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 [...]

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