August 19, 2011

  1. Aug 19 at 2 pm

    FeedForward 3: Cutting Across Scale

    Could one continuous walk down First Avenue to the East River give us clues to all the many differing possibilities of our global reality? Creative consulting and design collaborative spurse plans to find this out with tour participants—humans and nonhumans alike. As we traverse the city to the East River, we will not only cut across neighborhoods, ecosystems, and histories, we will speculate on how we are also cutting across a range of scales that elasticize with every step.

    Photo used by permission under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) License from jonathanpercy.


  2. Aug 19 at 2 pm

    Smart Living in a World of Multiple Modernities

    Join us for a two-hour pressure-cooker session with philosopher and social entrepreneur Thieu Besselink of FreedomLab, a research lab and think tank investigating social change. Besselink will facilitate an active open-space session on how the global can be embedded in the local, and whether this will lead to multiple modernities. Have you been struggling with urban complexities, authority, embedded technology, shifting values, and new design agendas for new social ecologies … or not? Join us as we discuss new “teleologenic” learning models and how to develop an integral change approach that combines personal, social, and global systems.

    Photo: courtesy Resilience Alliance website, “Key Concepts”

  3. Aug 19 at 7 pm

    Large-Scale Pressure/Small-Scale Pleasure

    Michael Sorkin and Sharon Zukin, two of New York’s most well-known urban critics, discuss how globalization, consumption, and gentrification are having a constant effect on the smallest details of the urban fabric around us. Join them in conversation and learn how the city might find a comfortable balance between large-scale pressure and small-scale pleasure.

    Related Multimedia:

    Sharon Zukin: On Comfort

    Image: courtesy Michael Sorkin and Richard Rosen


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