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Design Conference opens today

Aspen Times Staff Report

The 52nd annual International Design Conference in Aspen, titled “What Matters Now,” opens today and continues through Saturday.

According to IDCA, this year’s conference will challenge “each of us in a post 9-11 world to reassess our personal and professional values. … Positive results can come from turbulent times as we redefine the nature of design as we know it. … Concerns include sociological and environmental issues, the potential of new technologies, the effects on design of a global community, equitable access to goods and services, and the need to balance personal and professional values.”

The Design Conference will include an opening-night reception and dinner; morning session, called Broad Perspectives, at the Benedict Music Tent, designed to set the tone for the day’s discussions; afternoon sessions involving conversations, debates and presentations; and evening presentations of innovative and compelling ideas in design.

The “What Matters Now” program was organized by Walter Hood, head of Hood Design; Michael Rotondi, a Los Angeles-based architect and educator, and founder of RoTo Architects; and Lorraine Wild, founder of the graphic design firm Lorraine Wild Design.

Speakers include Bill Joy, Shigeru Ban and Christian Moeller.

Joy is a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, where he was appointed chief scientist in 1988. Joy captured public attention with an article in WIRED magazine, “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us,” and a series of public presentations that addressed the ethical challenges confronting a world rich in technological promise.

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Ban, head of Shigeru Ban Architects, is a humanitarian specializing in providing shelter to communities under siege. As a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, he designed shelters in Rwanda and housing for those displaced by the 1995 Kobe, Japan, earthquake. “Shigeru Ban: A Paper Arch,” a 2000 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, introduced the American public to his work with a paper-lattice roof for the museum’s Sculpture Garden.

Moeller is a European architect who recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue his artistic installation work. In 1990, he founded his own studio and media laboratory for electronic media and software development in Frankfurt. Moeller headed the ARCHMEDIA Research Institute at the College of Design in Linz, Austria, from 1995-97, and was a professor at the State College of Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 1998-00. He recently joined the faculty of the Department of Design, Media Arts at UCLA.

Other speakers are London designer Ron Arad, independent curator Mary Jane Jacob, landscape architect Julie Bargmann, Los Angeles architect and urban designer John Kaliski, North Carolina artist Mel Chin and graphic designer Sheila Leverant de Bretteville.

For further information on the IDCA, call 1-800-815-0059.