If you’re looking to be inspired, there’s no better place to be than New York at the end of May, when NYCxDesign takes the city by storm, offering up dozens of fairs, installation, events, and all manner of affiliated programming. With official dates running from May 11th through the 23rd, the annual celebration of design comprises fairs including ICFF, Sight Unseen OFFSITE, Wanted Design (Brooklyn and Manhattan editions), and BKLYN Designs, as well as the affiliated and unaffiliated design events that crop up in time with them. And between all the show openings and launch cocktail parties, there is room to learn a whole lot – in the form of the many panel discussions and keynotes given throughout the event’s 13 days. Here, we’ve rounded up the most enticing – get your tickets now (and follow along with all of our coverage of NYCxDesign on AD PRO through the week).
David Adjaye and Thelma Golden in Conversation with The New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin
First up on the blockbuster list of TimesTalks during DYCxDesign is this conversation between the British-Ghanan starchitect and the director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood, for which Adjaye is at work on a new building. Culture Desk reporter Robin Pogrebin (who covered Adjaye’s initial Studio Museum design for the Times) will moderate.
May 18, 1 p.m., The Times Center. timestalks.com
David Rockwell and Isabel Toledo in Conversation with The New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman
Not content with just one designing David, the Times has also enlisted David Rockwell to speak with its fashion director, Vanessa Friedman, alongside Cuban-American fashion designer Isabel Toledo.
May 18, 4 p.m., The Times Center. timestalks.com
Legends of Design with Wendy Goodman
The New York magazine design editor will chat with Carl D’Aquino of D’Aquino Monaco, Jamie Drake of Drake/Anderson, and Clodagh of Clodagh Design International about their highs, lows, and biggest learning moments of their careers.
May 16, 5 p.m. 151 W 42nd Street. daquinomonaco.com
Christo in Conversation with The New York Times’ Robin Pogrebin
It will be a full day for Pogrebin, who follows up her Adjaye and Golden discussion with an evening talk with the iconic artist Christo, whose monumental public art works have been creating viral sensations since before the internet era. Following the sucess of projects like The Gates and Wrapped Reichstag (completed in collaboration with his late wife, Jeanne-Claude), Christo is currently at work on Mastaba, a project in Abu Dhabi set to be the world’s largest sculpture.
May 18, 7 p.m, The Times Center. timestalks.com
A/D/O Masterclass: Homo Sapiens, I Hear You!
In the fifth series of its master class seminars, Brooklyn design destination A/D/O faces its demons, “challenging researchers and experts in design, film, and philosophy to debunk our anecdotal fears,” according to an announcement. On hand to facilitate the debate will be MoMA architecture and design director Paola Antonelli, who will explore the history of design and violence alongside fellow panelists in the worlds of film, food, and philosophy.
May 12, 7:30 p.m., 29 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn. fearviolenceandmonsters.com
Dignity in Elimination: Designing the All Gender Bathroom
FXCollaborative’s Catherine Joseph and Whitney Odell will lead this interactive discussion and demonstration on designing more inclusive restrooms. The talk builds on the Washington, D.C. firm’s research paper “Bathrooms for Humans.”
May 17, 6:30 p.m., 22 West 21st Street. fxcollaborative.com
The impact of the Internet on the Interior Design Profession
Part of the programming at ICFF, this panel will explore the many ways in which the internet is changing the business of interior design. Panelists include Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio, Cloth & Company, and The Inside; Joy Habian, VP of marketing at the Durst Organization; creative director Malene Barnett, and designer Kenne Shepherd.
May 21, 4:30 p.m. icff.net
New Technologies Shaping Interiors, Architecture & Design
Interested in how technology is affecting design on a larger scale than in individual practices? Join Gensler designer Amanda Carroll, WeWork head of design Federico Negro, Architect’s Newspaper senior editor Matt Shaw, and Columbia University GSAPP Cloud Lab founder Toru Hasegawa for a discussion.
May 21, 3 P.M. icff.net
What She Said: Women in Design & Architecture
AD‘s own market director, Parker Bowie Larson, will moderate this panel of successful women in the design world. Joining Larson are Deborah Berke Partners principal Rhoda Kennedy, Thiel Architecture + Design founder Nancy Thiel, Studio 11 founder Kelly Sirna, and Scape principal Alexis Landes. The talk is the first in a series of “What She Said” events at W Hotels worldwide.
May 15, 6:30 p.m., W New York Times Square, 1567 Broadway. eventbrite.com
RIBA 2018 International Excellence Award Winner Emre Arolat in Conversation
Before winning this year’s International Excellence Award from The Royal Institute of British Architects, Turkish architect Emre Arolat had nabbed the Aga Kahn and Mies van der Rohe awards and served as the Norman R. Foster visiting professor at Yale’s School of Architecture. This Design Week, he’ll join Theoharis David, professor of architecture at Pratt, for a discussion of his work at his eponymous firm’s newly opened New York office.
May 16, 6 P.M., 199 Lafayette Street. bustler.com
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