"Design Science: Nature's Problem Solving Method" a Two-Day Symposium at
RISD: 14-15 Nov 2009
- Design Science: Nature's Problem Solving Method
- Design Science Exhibit (Art Show) Opens: Thursday, 12 November 2009, 6PM -
9PM, Waterman Gallery, Waterman Building
Symposium Reception: Friday, 13 November 2009, 5:30PM
- 7:30PM, Waterman Gallery, Waterman Building
Symposium: Saturday 14 November 2009, 8AM - 10PM,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center
Symposium: Sunday 15 November 2009, 8AM - 5PM,
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center
- Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center
20 N. Main St
Providence, RI 02906
- Short Description:
- In these times of crisis, finding
ways to build regenerative solutions for Humanity's problems
that adequately address all environmental issues is critical
to our survival. The Design Science symposium will
provide an interactive, artifact inspired, collaborative, and
trans-disciplinary setting to better understand the comprehensive
problem solving approach used in Nature's complex processes.
- The Synergetics Collaborative and The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will present a
symposium on Design Science: Nature's Problem Solving
Method at RISD on 14-15 November 2009. In addition
to the engaging program on Design Science, there will be a Design Science Exhibit (art
show) with participants' work opening on Nov 12 in the Waterman
Gallery and a reception on Nov 13.
These are just some of the questions we hope to address at the
- What are the principles of design science?
- How can these principles guide us in making a world that
respects all life on Earth and that ensures a regenerative future
for all of Humanity?
- How are geometric order and structure related to the evolution
of life and ecological design?
- How do we create more effective design using less material, less
energy and less time?
On Saturday morning the program will start with an engaging
hands-on & heads-on process working with artifacts to explore
the elements of Design Science. Presenters include Joe Clinton (watch a video clip
from Joe's 2007 RISD Symposium talk on Synergetics 100), Tom
a recent video of Tom talking about his work on Synergetics 3),
and Carl Fasano.
Michael Ben-Eli of The Sustainability Laboratory in New
York City will give the keynote address on Design Science (watch a video
of Michael Ben-Eli). Then there will be some more involved
Guided Explorations of Nature's Structures with our
guides of Carl Fasano, Tom Miller, and Joe Clinton. Amy Leidtke
will join them to pull the separate tracks together so everyone can
understand and appreciate the design principles explored.
Finally, Saturday evening D. W. Jacobs, the playwright
behind "R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and
Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE" will engage us with a
presentation on "Design Science and Playwrighting" (watch a video
of D. W. Jacobs).
On Sunday the program will include the MIT "Smart Cities" team that
won the 2009 Buckminster Fuller Challenge grant of $100,000. Then
we will invite participants to share their work with "Show-N-Tell"
video of Nick Tomlin's Show-N-Tell from our 2007 Symposium at
Then Zann Gill will deliver our second keynote presentation
"Design Science as Anticipatory Sustainability via Worldgaming"
video of Zann Gill). Finally, we will conclude the event with
a panel discussion.
The event will offer an opportunity to discuss and share diverse
viewpoints among the Synergetics community, the RISD/Brown
University student and faculty communities, and other explorers
of design solutions working to meet humanity's needs.
Please join the Synergetics Collaborative, RISD/Brown faculty,
students and others as we explore design, Nature, problem-solving,
and understanding how our world can be made to work for 100%
of humanity at this two-day symposium on November 14-15.
"We have to recognize that every event and manifestation
of nature is design, that to live within the laws of nature means
to express our human intention as an interdependent species, aware
and grateful that we are at the mercy of sacred forces larger
than ourselves, and that we obey these laws in order to honor the
sacred in each other and in all things. We must come to peace with
and accept our place in the natural world."
--- William McDonough
- Representative Symposium Topics:
- Industrial design;
emergency shelter prototypes; ecological materials and solutions;
design principles; biomimicry; cross-disciplinary innovation;
geometry and its relationship to design principles and the natural
world; work relating to the Design Science Approach of Buckminster
Fuller and Arthur Loeb.
- The registration fee is $175 ($150 for checks received before 6 November),
$30 for students (RISD students enter at no charge but registration
is required). Please fill out the on-line registration
form. Please mail checks to Synergetics Collaborative; 240 Copley
Road; Upper Darby, PA 19082-4016.
Science Exhibit (Art Show)
- There will be limited space in the Waterman Gallery and The Edna
Lawrence Nature Lab for exhibiting 2-D and 3-D pieces and
digital art. The juried art show will be opening on Thursday
12 November. The deadline for applications is 25 October.
Artwork must be received by 29 October 2009 in order to appear
in the Waterman Gallery. There will be space in a side room
for participants who want to show their work but cannot get it
to the curators by the deadline. To partipate in the juried
and professionally curated art show please fill out the Art
Show submission form.
- The tentative schedule for the Symposium on "Design Science"
is now available at
- YouTube Videos
- Event Poster
Please let others know about this event by passing on this poster:
Design Science Flyer. A second poster is
now available: Design Science Flyer #2
(tailored for the RISD campus).
- Travel and Parking Directions
Travel Directions for Chace Center and
- International Participants
- Information for international participants
- About The Sponsors
- Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) was founded in 2002
to bring together a diverse group of people with an interest in
Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics in face-to-face workshops, symposia,
seminars, and other meetings to educate and support research and
understanding of the many facets of Synergetics, its methods and principles.
Visit the Synergetics Collaborative
The Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design
uniquely integrates a natural history collection, a lending library
of natural specimens and a studio environment. With its growing
collection of more than 80,000 natural history objects, books, visual
resources, microscopes and a digital work station, the Nature Lab
serves as an invaluable research facility for the RISD community. In
2003, The Nature Lab accepted the Arthur Loeb Design Teaching
Collection. This hands-on collection of hundreds of three-dimensional
polyhedra and two-dimensional patterns inspires students and faculty
to examine nature's fundamental responses to design problems.
Visit the Nature Lab online.
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