Symposium | Design and Mobility

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on April 1, 2013

From Parsons The New School for Design:

Design and Mobility: The 22nd Annual Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt Symposium
on the Decorative Arts and Design

Parsons The New School for Design, New York, 26-27 April 2013

A keynote address by Professor Edward Cooke of Yale University will be delivered and papers delivered by graduate students and faculty from universities around the US and UK. Free and open to the public.

This year’s theme is mobility which has become one of the defining traits of the age: new modes of living and transportation have created increasingly mobile lifestyles, aided by mobile communications networks, cultural products can move and spread across the globe with ease, and changing climate conditions are forcing relocations and rethinking of building patterns. On the individual scale, designers have worked with transformable and reusable products, or to help make individuals more mobile. The symposium will explore various aspects of mobility in the decorative arts and design — on macro and micro scales, from literal to  metaphoric perspectives.

Sponsored by The MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons The New School for Design in conjunction with: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution with the additional support of: donations to the Catherine Hoover Voorsanger memorial fund.

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F R I D A Y ,  2 6  A P R I L  2 0 1 3

5:30  The Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote Address
Edward Cooke (Yale University), Design and Mobility

S A T U R D A Y ,  2 7  A P R I L  2 0 1 3

11:00  Session I

Iris Moon (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), The Cabinet de platine (1800-1804): Monumentality, Materiality, and the Mobile Interior at the End of the Enlightenment
Penny Wolfson (Parsons The New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum), The Wheelchair in Post-Civil War America
Rebecca Gross (Parsons The New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum), Holiday Magazine: Paving the Postwar American Dream Road with Patriotism

2:30  Session II

Jonathan Patkowski (City University of New York Graduate Center), Transformation, Reproduction, Reuse: The Reception of Asian Silks in Late Medieval Italy
Neil Malcolm Douglas Ewins (University of Sunderland), UK Ceramic Manufacturing Strategy, Marketing, and Design in Response to Globalization, ca. 1990-2010
Elise Hodson (York University), ‘Born and Raised on Kickstarter’: The Near Immaculate Conception of a Smart Watch Named Pebble

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