Thanks to parametric design and digital fabrication it is now possible to mass produce non-standard, highly differentiated products – from shoes and tableware to furniture and now even houses. Variety no longer compromises the efficiency and economy of production. Furthermore, parametric definitions of products’ geometry are made accessible via interactive websites to anyone who could then design their own, unique versions of the product.

Such democratization of design – through mass-customization – raises many interesting questions such as the authorship of design and the functional and aesthetic quality of products (shoes, tableware, furniture, houses…) designed by non-designers. This symposium explores social, cultural, and design implications of this emerging design democracy, including its technological origins.

On 12-13 May, in Philadelphia USA

  • Philippe Starck / Starck, Paris, France
  • Chris Sharples / SHoP, New York, USA
  • Fabio Gramazio / ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Joseph Tanney / Resolution: 4 Architecture, New York, USA
  • Frank Piller / RTWH Aachen, Germany
  • John Brown / University of Calgary, Canada
  • Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY, New York, USA
  • Elena Manferdini / Atelier Manferdini, Venice, USA
  • Karl Daubmann / Lawrence Technological University, Detroit, USA
  • Joseph Pine / Strategic Horizons, Aurora, OH, USA
  • Thomas Fisher / University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  • Greg Lynn / GLForm, Los Angeles, USA
  • Kent Larson / MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA
  • Tim Simpson / Penn State, State College, USA
  • Tom Verebes / OCEAN CN, Hong Kong, China
  • Assa Ashuach / Assa Ashuach Studio, London, UK
  • Virginia San Fratello / Emerging Objects, San Francisco, USA
  • Jose Duarte / Penn State University, State College, PA, USA
  • Branko Kolarevic / University of Calgary, Canada

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