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How will conscious design change the way we transform our cities?

United States Architecture News - Sep 24, 2020 - 12:59   4348 views

How will conscious design change the way we transform our cities?

Conscious Cities Festival 2020 invites leading practitioners, activists, scientists and the general public from around the globe to explore the dialogue between people and place. 

Between October 18-24, 2020, the Centre for Conscious Design (CCD) presents Conscious Cities Festival 2020: To Shape and be Shaped. Hosted at venues and online platforms around the world, this year's festival will feature 15+ event series to discuss how Conscious Design can empower and meet the needs of local communities and individuals. Conscious Design is a continually evolving process that incorporates systems and structures, science, storytelling, and participatory-design.

Building on previous Conscious Cities Festivals hosted by the Centre of Conscious Design (CCD)  each event will tackle pressing issues facing urban populations. This year, the movement is launching its first group of local chapters, each of which is organizing an event in their city. Some speakers of note include Tiffany Shlain [Let it Ripple; founder], Adah Paris [Director and Producer of L&D Experiences], Upali Nanda [HKS Architects; Principal and Director of Research], and Jandel Allen Davis [Craig Hospital; President].

Mission Statement

The 2020 Conscious Cities Festival sparks global knowledge exchange by cultivating networks of local and diverse experts, organizations, and institutions to co-create solutions to current issues. The 2020 Conscious Cities Festival acts as an umbrella, assisting our chapters around the world to create their own Conscious Cities Events. To us, the conscious cities festival is only the beginning, igniting a continued network, dialogue, and reimagination of the built environment for years to come.

Conscious Cities Festival 2020 Participating Chapter and Events:

Opening Event, International

Accra, Ghana: Our Urban Heritage: Children, Nature, and Culture in the City
Adelaide, Australia: Being Adelaide

Bengaluru, India: The Person-Space Exchange 

Denver, CO: Shaping Health
Ibiza, Spain: What is Next? Human Innovation
Lahore, Pakistan: The Human-Kind: Lahore
Lima, Peru: Perspectivas y posibilidades para una arquitectura peruana del buen vivir | Perspectives and possibilities for a peruvian architecture of well-being

London, UK: Flourish
Milan, Italy: ENERGIES’ LANDSCAPE | Food, Nutrition and Urban Environment
Monterrey, MX: La ciudad salva | The city saves
New York City, NY: Designing for Equity

Paris, France: Le capital social en ville face aux crises | Urban social capital under crises
Phoenix, AZ: Shaping Collaboration: Conscious Design in Phoenix and Beyond
Singapore: The Big Sit
Tel Aviv, Israel: Agency and the City: Expression in the Physical and Digital Commons

Toronto, CA: Conscious Toronto | Shaping an Equitable City

Warsaw, Poland: Sensing Our City

The Centre for Conscious Design (CCD) is an international grassroots think tank focused on using conscious design to alleviate complex social and urban issues today and in the future. The CCD emerged out of the Conscious Cities Movement, started by architect Itai Palti and neuroscientist Prof. Moshe Bar in 2015. Its mission is to reconceptualize design and push towards a ‘conscious’ model which responds to the needs of the people and communities. 

Time: October 18 - 24, 2020

Location: Online

Registration can be made on this page

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