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Dezeen Day, London, 30 October 2019

Dezeen Day

Dezeen is launching an international architecture, interiors and design conference called Dezeen Day. The first edition will be held in London on 30 October.

The conference will aim to set the agenda for the global design community, tackling key topics including circular design, new materials and education. See more details on the conference themes here and view the schedule here.

It will also highlight new talent from around the world and feature keynote lectures from Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and British multidisciplinary artist, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.

Dezeen Day will take place at the newly renovated BFI Southbank in London on the same day as the Dezeen Awards winners' party, where award winners from around the world will receive their trophies.

Dezeen Day will "put our editorial values on a stage"

"Dezeen's mission is to set the agenda for the world's design community," said founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs. "Dezeen Day will allow us to put our editorial values on a stage, where we will explore the most pressing issues facing designers."

Dezeen Day is designed to appeal to all Dezeen readers, Dezeen Awards entrants and anyone with a keen interest in contemporary architecture and design.

"Last year hundreds of architects and designers travelled to London for the Dezeen Awards winners party," Fairs added. "This year we want to offer them a full programme of activities so they go back home inspired, enriched, having made dozens of new friends and contacts.”

The event is also designed to appeal to business leaders, opinion formers, policy makers, media and anyone with an interest in the importance of design and how it can improve the world.

The conference will feature a mixture of panel discussions, keynote lectures, short presentations and movie screenings. The Dezeen Day schedule has now been announced: see details of all the talks and speakers.

Announced so far:

  • Rachel Armstrong, professor of experimental architecture at Newcastle University, will speak about cities of the future
  • Stacie Woolsey, designer, will speak about making design education "less elitist"
  • Liam Young, architect and film director, will speak about how he uses film-making techniques to predict the future
  • Roksanda Ilincic, fashion designer, will discuss how she started her Roksanda womenswear label
  • Neil Pinder, activist and educator, will speak about design education
  • Harriet Harriss, dean of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York, speaking about the future of design education
  • Nienke Hoogvliet, Dutch designer, discussing research into new materials
  • Suzanne Livingston, curator of the recent Barbican Centre exhibition about artificial intelligence, talking about the impact of technology on cities
  • Andrew Morlet, chief executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, speaking about global circular economy
  • Natsai Audrey Chieza, founder and director of multidisciplinary agency Faber Futures, discussing designing without plastic
  • Paul Priestman, transportation designer, talking about cities of the future
  • Arthur Mamou-Mani, French architect and designer, speaking about future materials and designing without plastic
  • Dara Huang, founder of architecture studio Design Haus Liberty, joining our entrepreneurialism panel
  • Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo studio Klein Dytham Architecture, inventors and hosts of the PechaKucha Night format
  • Benjamin Hubert, founder of creative agency Layer, discussing entrepreneurialism in architecture and design
  • Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, multidisciplinary artist, speaking about her work in synthetic biology
  • Patrik Schumacher, principal at Zaha Hadid Architects, discussing the future of education
  • Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, giving a keynote lecture on an exhibition she curated: Broken Nature, Design Takes on Human Survival

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Please note refunds are not available. 

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