In the wake of COVID-19, the DCDT offered a panel discussion titled Design Resilience. Moderated by Karl Daubmann and Christopher Stefani, director and associate director of the DCDT respectively, the panel focused on the current state of employment/unemployment and operations in the creative fields like design, architecture and architectural education. Experts discussed the historic marriage between hard economic times and the increase in conceptual design work. They also talked about the role that emerging technology and software plays in these situations.
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We’re checking in @Home with… Alessandro Pagura, who is co-founder, co-curator and a featured designer in the current exhibition, Amateur Hour, on display online and by RSVP now at Detroit Center for Design + Technology
We caught up with Pagura recently and here’s what we learned…
Alessandro Pagura is starting his final year at Lawrence Technological University. He studies Industrial Design and is working as an intern for Pophouse at the moment. But it’s his work with this year’s Month of Design programming at the DCDT that especially caught our attention.
“I am exceptionally passionate about designing products and objects that improve people’s lives in a visually minimal and playful manner,” he says. He’s making the most of having more time at home during the pandemic.
DCDT: Are you involved in the Month of Design? If so, how?
As summer begins to fade into fall, so many of us are still working from home. It seemed like the right thing to do to extend our @Home series featuring our partners and colleagues at the Detroit Center for Design + Technology . Our latest installment @Home with… Nina Misuraca Ignaczak follows this month’s theme of sustainability and was inspired by our summer series, Yeah, What Lester Said, which can be found on our blog.
Nina Misuraca Ignaczak is an award-winning Detroit-based freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. She writes and produces stories about the environment, place, and identity. Her recent work has been published by the Huffington Post, Detroit Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business, Business Insider, Belt Magazine, Curbed, Detour Detroit and Model D.
She is also the founder, publisher, and editor of Planet Detroit, a digital media startup that tells Detroit's environmental stories while building a community of engaged readers who are informed and empowered to act personally and publicly.
Brown has been called “one of the great pioneer environmentalists” and one of Marquis Who’s Who "50 Great Americans". Earning his master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Maryland in 1959, he went on to pioneer the concept of sustainable development. During his distinguished career, he was presented with the 1987 United Nations Environment Prize, the 1989 World Wide Fund for Nature Gold Medal, and the 1994 Blue Planet Prize for his "contributions to solving global environmental problems."
The threat climate change poses is existential, and architecture is one of the key drivers—even more so than that stock culprit, the automobile. Buildings consume some 40 percent of the energy in the US annually. Construction and its related trades are responsible for nearly half of the carbon emissions in the U.S. and astonishingly, out of the 20,000 architecture firms in the United States, only some 400 are participating in the AIA’s 2030 Commitment to carbon neutrality by 2030.
This exhibit asks, “What are the ways our industry is currently working to combat warming challenges, what building improvements have surfaced that can stall or reverse our environmental predicament, and what role does design and construction play in this new environment with civilization facing issues of a rapidly changing climate?”
The “Yeah - What Lester Said” art exhibit will explain environmental dangers and discuss ideas to create productive relationships between local problems, individual and corporate accountability, and the urgent environmental challenges posed by global warming. The show hopes to spur action via data driven art, films, and a sustainable, architecture showcase.
Viewers will come away from this exhibition and associated programming with a better understanding of things they can do to enhance the region's ability to respond appropriately to climate change.