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Live panel on design education with Beatriz Colomina, Aric Chen and Anthony Dunne

Dezeen teamed up with Salone del Mobile to live stream a talk on design education today.

Dezeen's collaboration with Salone del Mobile will see us live stream a panel discussion in its Open Talks series, curated by Maria Cristina Didero, every day this week during Supersalone.

The first talk to kick off the programme was a panel discussion on design education and included architectural historian Beatriz Colomina, curator Aric Chen and professor of Design and Social Inquiry at Parsons School of Design in New York Anthony Dunne.

Beatriz Colomina
Architectural historian Beatriz Colomina will join the panel

The panel discussed their perspectives on design education and the pressing topics and issues that are facing a new generation of designers.

Titled Who can say no to education?, the talk will be moderated by the head of Master Theory at ECAL in Lausanne, Anniina Koivu.

Aric Chen, photo by Yoha Jin
Also joining the panel from Milan is curator Aric Chen. Photo by Yoha Jin.

Colomina is an architectural historian and the founding director of the Media and Modernity programme at Princeton University, and professor and director of Graduate Studies in the School of Architecture. She has written numerous books on architectural history, including Sexuality and Space, and Domesticity at War.

Chen is an independent curator and writer based in Shanghai, where he works as the director of the Curatorial Lab at the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University.

He is also the curatorial director for Design Miami and was recently named general and artistic director of Rotterdam's Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Anthony Dunne
Anthony Dunne will also be joining the panel

Dunne is a professor of Design and Social Inquiry and c0-director of the Designed Realities Studio at Parsons School of Design in New York.

He is also partner in the design studio Dunne & Raby, together with Fiona Raby.

Koivu is a design writer, curator and consultant who works with a variety of clients such as Kvadrat, Iittala, Vitra and Camper.

Anniina Koivu
The panel will be moderated by design writer and curator Anniina Koivu

She is also a teacher, currently acting as the head of Master Theory at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

This year's edition of Salone del Mobile, titled Supersalone, is curated by architect Stefano Boeri as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the cancellation of the 2020 edition.

Taking place in Milan in September rather than in its usual April slot, the special edition of the fair will feature products displayed on a series of parallel walls instead of in branded booths.

Salone del Mobile and parallel fuorisalone events will take place from 5-10 September 2021 in Milan. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.