|The Design Talks Theater this year has been created by LOT office for architecture, with Objects of Common Interest in partnership with Maharam, and has been designed to highlight the exchange of ideas, the nonhierarchical arrangement of seating inviting participation, debate, and close listening. The space has been outfitted to embody a warm atmosphere in amber-gold, with cushioned seating, and other furniture elements that feature supple renditions of geometric basics: a curved and arched bench, a rectangular pod, free-rolling spheres, a cylindrical lectern, and small, quarter-circular grandstands. A continuous arcade of amber mirrors reflects the room indefinitely, so speakers and listeners are multiplied and each wittingly or unwittingly involved in the spectacle. Within the space, a selection of high-profile discussions are planned to take place:
Douglas Elliman presents their Elliman Talks for the third year, which will include a roster of distinguished speakers and critical issues that impact the contemporary production and receptions of design, architecture, and art.
“Spatializing Blackness,” a three-part series hosted by the University of Southern California School of Architecture and the journal CriticalProductive, addresses contemporary thinking and creative work related to black aesthetics, urbanism, and the lived experience of black bodies. Organized by USC Architecture Dean Milton S. F. Curry, “Spatializing Blackness” features artist Hank Willis Thomas, architect Sir David Adjaye, artist and cofounder of the Watts House Project Edgar Arceneaux, and artist and designer Amanda Williams, among others.
Kodi Foster, Senior Vice President of Data Strategy, Viacom, will be joined by Cecilia Dean, co-founder of Visionaire, and artist Daniel Arsham for this panel discussion that examines the current state of the art and technology dynamic, its implications on the creative process, commerce, and the evolution on what it means for a creative to be both an artist, brand, retailer and data analyst.
The Miami Design District hosts two talks highlighting the power of architecture to shape cities featuring Sharon Johnston of Johnston Marklee, former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Consulting Curator for the Brooklyn Museum Tom Healy, Adam Charlap Hyman recently named to Forbes 30 under 30, architects Sam Chermayeff and Daniel Toole, and Felix Burrichter, Editor in Chief of PIN UP Magazine.
Designer Rafael de Cárdenas and critic and educator, Aaron Betsky, will engage in a conversation on architectural drag and queer space on the occasion of Architecture at Large’s 10-year anniversary and monograph release.