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Counter/Point: The 2013 D-Crit Conference

MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts, http://dcrit.sva.edu

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 12:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

Counter/Point: The 2013 D-Crit Conference

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counter/point: The 2013 D-Crit Conference
Presented by SVA MFA in Design Criticism
Saturday, May 11, 12:30–7:00 p.m.
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, NYC


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You are invited to the 2013 D-Crit Conference, moderated by NPR's “The Takeaway” host John Hockenberry, and featuring graduating students of the SVA MFA in Design Criticism, on May 11, 2013 at the SVA Theatre in New York City.

Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, will deliver the keynote lecture, launching an afternoon of rich, polyphonic exchange between the D-Crit Class of 2013 and a headlining roster of design curators, practitioners, theorists, critics, educators, and planners. D-Crit students will be presenting their thesis research in counterpoint with: Walker Arts Center curator of Architecture and Design Andrew Blauvelt; British interaction design firm Dunne & Raby co-founder Fiona Raby; architect and theorist Mark Foster Gage; director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City Toni Griffin; and architect and activist Michael Sorkin.

Topics to be addressed include: the persistence of segregation in today’s built environment; the problems inherent in exhibiting graphic design; the spectacular framing of nature in the urban environment; product design’s social and participatory dimension; and how some emerging architects are using literal representation in new ways.

This will be the fourth D-Crit conference organized by, and featuring, graduating D-Crit students. Join us for a fast-paced afternoon of heady ideas and practical insight about the subjects and strategies giving shape to design criticism today, and help us to celebrate a new generation of design critics, editors, journalists, authors, curators, researchers, and educators. 

Thanks to supporting partners like MailChimp, this event is free and open to the public.
D-Crit Conference Moderator: 
Founding host of the public radio program “The Takeaway,” John Hockenberry has worked in network television, documentary films, new media, and is the author of the novel River out of Eden as well as the journalist memoir Moving Violations, a National Book Critic’s Circle Award finalist. He has been host or correspondent for a half dozen network programs, including “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” and “Talk of the Nation” on NPR; “Day One" and “Good Morning America Sunday” at ABC News; and “Edgewise”, “Hockenberry” and “Dateline NBC” at NBC News. Holder of four Emmy awards and four Peabody awards for journalism, Hockenberry is also a celebrated speaker at the TED conference and, as a high profile advocate for social justice and the rights of the disabled, he has argued for disability rights at the United Nations and at the White House.
D-Crit Conference Keynote Speaker:

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art where, since 1994, she has curated groundbreaking exhibitions such as “Design and the Elastic Mind,” “Humble Masterpieces,” “Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design,” “SAFE: Design Takes on Risk,” and “Workspheres.” For these accomplishments she received the 2006 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Design Mind Award, a senior fellowship from the Royal College of Art, London, and an honorary doctorate from Kingston University. Antonelli teaches “Design Exhibition and Collection Curation” at the SVA MFA in Design Criticism.

D-Crit Conference Speakers: 
Andrew Blauvelt is curator of Architecture and Design and chief of communications and audience engagement at the Walker Art Center. Blauvelt has organized several major touring exhibitions for the Walker, including: “Graphic Design: Now in Production” with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, “Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes” with the Carnegie Museum of Art,  and “Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life.” He is currently working on an exhibition that explores the elevated pedestrian walkway in various global “skyway” cities. Blauvelt writes and lectures about design and culture for various publications including DesignObserver.
Mark Foster Gage's work ranges from architectural projects and products to interdisciplinary collaborations, most recently with fashion designer Nicola Formichetti on an outfit for Lady Gaga and a series of concept stores that recently opened in New York City, Hong Kong, and Beijing. Gage has taught at Yale since 2001 and has written on architecture and design in such journals as Journal of Architectural Education,Architectural Design, and Perspecta. He was the guest co-editor of Log #17, which focused on the relationship between material, media, and affect. Gage's most recent books are: Composites, Software and Surfaces: Towards a High Performance Architecture and Aesthetic Theory: Essential Texts for Architecture and Design
Toni L. Griffin was recently named Professor and Director of the J. Max Bond Center for Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. She also runs the firm Urban Planning and Design for the American City, whose clients include the cities of Newark, NJ and Detroit, MI. Prior to returning to private practice, Griffin was the director of community development for the City of Newark, where she was responsible for creating a centralized division of planning and urban design, and before that she served as vice president and director of design for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation in Washington, D.C., and held the position of deputy director for Revitalization Planning and Neighborhood Planning in the D.C. Office of Planning. 

Fiona Raby is a partner in the British design partnership Dunne & Raby, established in 1994. She is professor of Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and a reader in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London. Dunne & Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies. Their work has been exhibited at MoMA, the Pompidou Centre, and the Science Museum in London. They have published two books: Design Noir: The Secret Life of Electronic Objects and Hertzian Tales. A new book, Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction and Social Dreaming, will be published by MIT Press in late 2013.

Michael Sorkin is an architect and urbanist whose practice spans design, criticism, and teaching. He is a contributing editor at Architectural Record and the author of numerous books including Variations on A Theme ParkExquisite CorpseLocal CodeWiggle,Some Assembly RequiredOther PlansThe Next Jerusalem, and After The World Trade Center (edited with Sharon Zukin), among others. Sorkin is the principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio in New York City, a design practice with a special interest in the city and in green architecture. In 2006, Sorkin founded Terreform, a non-profit devoted to research and intervention in urban planning and sustainability issues. Sorkin has been the Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York since 2000. 
The conference website, with full speaker bios, confirmed schedule, and presentation descriptions: http://dcrit.sva.edu/conference2013
In the meantime you can follow @dcritconference on Twitter
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Visual Arts Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)

New York, NY 10011

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 12:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)

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The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Students study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, Design Observer blogger Alexandra Lange, and New York Times critic Phil Patton. They learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference. 

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

On Tuesday evenings at D-Crit we present lectures by the most thoughtful and provocative writers, editors, designers, and curators practicing today in the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. Selected to supplement our curriculum with their original methods and alternative viewpoints, these speakers inspire and challenge our students. Our students, in turn, through the discussion they lead, help illuminate the concerns and priorities of design criticism today. 

Please contact us for a tour and more information at dcrit@sva.edu. 

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