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Designing social change

on Friday,October 02,2009 18:10

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Designers, authors and artists from all walks of life will converge in Rhode Island this weekend, as the 2009 A Better World By Design conference comes to College Hill campus in the hopes of educating visitors on the role of design in a progressive society.

The event is being orchestrated by two students from Providence''s Brown University and two from the nearby Rhode Island School of Design, and will feature lecture, workshops and panel discussions on such varying topics as simplicity in technology, community activism and green architecture.

Speakers at the event include a wide panel of local and international faculty, architects, industrial designers, engineers, and CEOs.

"The future of design does not lie in physical objects, but rather (in) the experience and transformation of designing communities," say Willem Van Lancker, a chief organizer of the event and RISD senior, in an interview with the Brown Daily Herald.

One highlight of the event is design magazine Core77''s first ever in-person One-Hour Design Challenge, in which teams compete to solve a complex problems for prizes.

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