The MFA Design Criticism Lecture Series is back for its ninth season with speakers from the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. The weekly discussions continue on February 5 (136 West 21st Street, 2nd floor, 6:30pm) with a talk by product designer Markus Kayser entitled “Can There Be Union between Nature and Technology in Fabrication?” Kayser’s recent work, Solar Sinter, in which sunlight, sand, and a 3D printing process are used to produce glass objects, has received international media attention.
Other highlights from the series include IDEO’s education director Sandy Speicher on February 18 discussing “Design for Learning.” Speicher will share examples of recent work from IDEO and discuss some of the ways the firm has been evolving its design process for the unique context of education. On March 12, curator and The New Yorker photography critic Vince Aletti gives a talk on “Face of Fashion: Fashion Photography, Art Direction, and Magazine Design.” And the series concludes on April 16 with “Why Spy” by Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the legendary satirical magazine, Spy.
The D-Crit Spring Lecture Series is curated and hosted by first-year MFA Design Criticism students. Lecture topics include soft waterfront infrastructure, game design as a component of urban planning, and value in commercial culture, among others. The weekly talks supplement the program’s core curriculum and invite the public to join an interdisciplinary community committed to the concerns of design criticism.
D-Crit Lectures are free and take place at 136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor, at 6:30pm, followed by a lively Q&A session and refreshments. Please RSVP at dcrit.eventbrite.com. To view the complete D-Crit 2013 Spring Lecture Series schedule, visit dcrit.sva.edu.