Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design

You probably can't make it to a lot of the conferences and events we report on. They may be too expensive, too far away, or in this case, by invitation only. We keep track of these events because it helps us know who the major players are and what big ideas are being addressed in the design fields. This gives us clues about what a design education curriculum might include and you might get a lesson idea or two.

A Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design hosted by the Design Futures Council will be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2009 in Chicago. The theme is "Voice, Influence and Power: Taking the Reins of Leadership". One hundred delegates from the world’s most influential design firms will convene to identify change drivers, analyze emerging data, and explore innovation in sustainable design at this unique meeting, which is co-hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Speakers will include:

Daniel Pink, the New York Times bestselling author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, and host of the PBS series “Daniel Pink: Living on the Right Side of the Brain”.

Moshe Safdie, an architect who has been an innovative force in architecture and urban design since he first attracted global attention with Habitat ’67, a unique concept for urban living.

Stefan Behling, a senior partner, Foster + Partners, specialist in ecology, sustainability, and energy conservation, who has pioneered new techniques for energy management.

David Adamson, a leading sustainable development consultant in the United Kingdom and former director of construction in Her Majesty’s Treasury.

Jane Poynter, CEO, Paragon Space Development Corp., one of eight Biosphere 2 crew members sealed in a self-contained world for two years, TV host, author, and sustainability consultant.

Richard Saul Wurman, information architecture pioneer, TED conferences creator, and author of more than 80 books, including the upcoming "33: Understanding Change & the Change in Understanding".

Adrian Smith, partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects, internationally acclaimed architect of some of the world’s most significant high-performance skyscrapers

Wellington Reiter, President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an award-winning architect, artist, and urban designer, whose installations and drawings are found in museums across the country

Sadhu Johnson, Chief Environmental Officer, Mayor’s Office, City of Chicago

Summit registrations are intentionally kept to a maximum delegation of 100 leaders in the AEC and related professions. This ensures that participants have ample time for meaningful dialogue with peers and speakers. The conference is by invitation only.

Many of the presenters are people you should be following and including in your curriculum planning. Click on the heading above to go to the conference link of Design Intelligence.

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