Design for the New Normal

2018

Design for the New Normal

We can’t ignore the challenges we face on the ground. Hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, sea level rise, heat waves — what many call the “new normal” —  require a thoughtful, proactive response. Demands on natural resources, transportation systems, health services, and housing raise pressing needs regarding water, energy, communication, urban design, and quality of life. From sustainable agriculture to waterfront design, from migration to disaster preparedness and relief, what are the innovations that will help us thrive? What are the breakthroughs that address pressing needs, improve the human condition, or simply delight our senses? Within this track, we will shed light on the thinkers, doers, and designers leading the charge.

Track Events

A 'Stubborn Optimist' in the Face of Climate Change
General Mills Presents: From the Ground Up—Remaking Our Food System
Abundance by Design: Lessons from Nature
Hot to Cold: Design Solutions Around the Globe
Anote's Ark (Film & Discussion)
Mending the Apparel Industry
Bayou Breakdown: The Incredible Urgency of Coastal Restoration
Preparing for the Next Disaster: A Look Ahead with FEMA’s Administrator
Deep Dive: Lessons from Natural Disasters
Toward an Urban Ecology
Drawdown: We Have the Technology to End Global Warming
Walton Family Foundation Presents: Breaking Down Dams—Hard Times Facing the Colorado River
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