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Watch the first session of DesignMarch's talks focusing on resilient design and circular thinking

Dezeen teamed up with DesignMarch to livestream a day of talks focused on the role of design in shaping alternative futures. Watch the first session above, which included talks by biomimetic architect Michael Pawlyn.

DesignTalks is a programme of live talks that took place at the Henning Larsen Architects-designed Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland and was moderated by Dezeen's founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.

The first talk explored approaches to resilient design, circular thinking, regeneration and how designers can turn to traditional and indigenous craftsmanship to guide the designs of the future.

The session featured contributions from an array of architects, designers and experts including architect and founder of Exploration Architecture Michael Pawlyn, sustainability pioneer and co-founder of Lendager Group Anders Lendager and Mexican designer Gabriela Sánchez y Sánchez de la Barquera.

Portrait of Michael Pawlyn
Architect and founder of Exploration Architecture Michael Pawlyn will be on the panel

DesignTalks took place throughout the day May 4 in Reykjavík and was split up into three themed sessions.

The second session was livestreamed on Dezeen and focused on environmental restoration and the notion of rewilding, with featured speakers including architectural researcher Stefán Laxness and Pentagram partner and information designer Giorgia Lupi.

Portrait of Gabriela Sánchez y Sánchez de la Barquera
Mexican designer Gabriela Sánchez y Sánchez de la Barquera will be amongst the panelists

The third and final session focused on how designers are expanding realities into the digital realm, with contributions from digital fashion designer and founder of The Fabricant Susanne Vos and Arnhildur Pálmadóttir, founder of architecture practice SAP.

The day concluded with the official opening ceremony of the DesignMarch festival, Iceland's largest design fair. Curated by Hlin Helga Guðlaugsdóttir, the festival brings together discussions, exhibitions and shows spanning architecture, fashion, interiors and graphic design.

Portrait of Anders Lendager
Sustainability pioneer and co-founder of Lendager Group Anders Lendager will join the panel

You can find out more about the full lineup of talks here.

DesignMarch takes place from 4-8 May 2022 in Reykjavík, Iceland. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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