The Better World by Design conference recently brought together more than 1,000 future designers, engineers, architects, and artists to share how design and the design process can contribute to building a better world.
Sponsored by Herman Miller and organized by students from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, the event included a wide spectrum of topics. However, “the power of many” emerged as the major theme.
One speaker even stated that her job is not to design things, but to build “containers for collaboration.” She suggested that greater collaboration between people, disciplines, industries, organizations, and companies will be needed to help build a better world.
The “containers for collaboration” theme continued into one evening’s event at The Box Office. The Box Office is an office structure built from 32 shipping containers. It also “contains” several Herman Miller products.
There also were interactive sessions, including a one-hour design challenge presented by Core77 and a design lab demonstration of new bio-based materials.
I was impressed by the level of speakers and participation from those connected to a variety of interests, companies, and professions. This event helps me believe we are making strides toward building that better world.
Read what others thought about the conference on Twitter: hashtag #bxd10.