VergeNYC 2017

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The New School University Center

63 5th Avenue

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VERGENYC

VergeNYC is a 2.5-day design event organized by graduate students at Parsons School of Design at The New School, along with design and community partners. We bring together leading thinkers, field-experts, and change-makers to galvanize a movement towards Transdisciplinary Design.

2017 THEME: INVISIBILITY

The evolution of the human condition can be defined as a slow revealing of the invisible. From the makeup of our cells to the bias in our social systems, humanity evolves step by step when we reveal what was once hidden. How might we continue to reveal intangible aspects of society and human behaviors? How can we restore visibility to the unseen, unheard communities disenfranchised/displaced by power and politics? In the face of unprecedented social issues emerging from the ongoing refugee crisis, how do we highlight contradictions of different inclusion strategies? What aspects are better left invisible?

SUSTAINABILITY: No Paper/Plastic Cups at VergeNYC 2017

♥♥ We will be serving coffee in the mornings and drinks in the evenings, but we will NOT provide any disposable cups. To join our sustainability efforts, please bring your own mug or sign up for a free service of stainless steel mugs at www.vesselwrks.com ♥♥




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Wednesday, Feb. 22
Opening Night
Transdisciplinary Design Studio, Parsons, 6 E 16th St, 12th floor.

  • 6:00 - 6:30 PM | Reception

  • 6:30 - 7:00 PM | Welcome by Lara Penin and Opening Remarks by John Bruce

  • 7:00 - 7:30 PM | Jonsara Ruth, Healthy Materials Lab, "Invisibility in the Constructed Environment"

Thursday, Feb. 23
Morning Sessions
Starr Foundation Hall, The New School University Center, 63 5th Ave, UL 102

  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM | Angela Luna, Clothing for Crisis

  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM | PANEL: Ezio Manzini & Rachel Lehrer, Migrants and the War of Visions - Overexposure, Blurring, Invisibility, Moderated by Lara Penin & Ker Thao

  • 11:00 - 11:15 AM | BREAK

  • 11:15 - 11:45 AM | Barrie Adleberg, Designing Storyworlds With Kids

  • 11:45 - 12:15 PM | Jane Nisselson, Persistence of Vision

  • 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM | Panel: Christian Iaione, Paola Canavò & Francesco Rossi, The In/Visibility of the Urban Commons, Moderated by Sheila Foster & Eduardo Staszowski

Half-Time Party
The Farm Soho, 447 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013
food and drinks sponsored by IBM | location sponsored by The Farm Soho

  • 6:00 - 9:00 PM | Food, drinks, socializing and music

Friday, Feb. 24
Morning Sessions
Starr Foundation Hall, The New School University Center, 63 5th Ave, UL 102

  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM | Sophia Brueckner, Embodied Experiences for Mental Well-Being

  • 10:00 - 11:00AM | PANEL: Andrea Morales, Aya Jaffar & Sam Haddix, TransD Alumni – Where Has Transdisciplinary Design Failed the Invisible?, Moderated by Clive Dilnot

  • 11:00 - 11:15 AM | BREAK

  • 11:15 - 11:45 AM | Christina Mainero, Strange Bedfellows – How the Marriage of Design and Epidemiology Can Make Healthcare More Inclusive

  • 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Nicole Koltick, Artifacts of Invisibility

  • 12:15 - 12:45 PM | Shannon Mattern. Invisible Interfaces

  • 12:45 - 1:15 PM | Max Freedman. Embodied Design: Improvisation and Intervention


Closing Party
ThoughtWorks New York, 99 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
♥♥ food, drinks, and location sponsored by ThoughtWorks ♥♥

  • 6:00 - 9:00 PM | Food, drinks, socializing and music



TRANSDISCIPLINARY DESIGN

At VergeNYC, you’ll find us mixing and matching. Combining voices from the public and private sector, featuring people from different backgrounds, including but definitely not limited to, design, urban planning, sustainability, music and performing arts, business and social innovation. Our goal is to create a space for transdisciplinary collaboration, because we wholeheartedly believe that this leads us towards a future that’s greater - much greater, than the sum of its parts.

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