Global Design Forum

Setting the Global Agenda for design

by Malcolm Clark
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At the moment of writing this story, the Global Design Forum is taking place in Central St. Martins College of Art & Design. The day-long forum, whose sponsors include archilovers and archiproducts, has a packed agenda and will be hosted by thrill engineer, university lecturer and TV presenter Brendan Walker.

After breakfast the agenda kicks off with a discussion on how to reconcile two seemingly opposing trends of global, yet individual products and services, involving designers and founders of design companies. This will be followed by a conversation with innovative British designer Thomas Heatherwick, whose notable projects include the UK Pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010 - seed cathedral and the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron.

After the coffee break the importance of digital technologies and space in design will be discussed. The panel of digital experts will discuss how the digital age is also reconciling these two seemingly conflicting elements.

Design and business will be discussed BEFORE lunch so that the participants can eat in peace! The panel includes representatives from design companies and private bankers.

This Afternoon's sessions deal with the creative aspects of design – innovation and thinking which will get to the heart of the relationship between business (investment in innovation) and creativity (design thinking)

After the coffee break there will be a conversation with Dame Zaha Hadid, before the summary and conclusions of this inaugural global design forum.

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    UK Pavilion for Shanghai Expo 2010

    Shanghai / China / 2010

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    London 2012 Olympic Cauldron

    London / United Kingdom / 2012