Design and City: “Urban Development and City Revitalization”
Organizer: TCDCChiang Mai
Date and time: 9/12/2016, 2 pm – 5 pm
Location: Chiang Mai Vocational
This talk will provide a platform for the exchange of perspectives and experiences with designers and architects from leading cities in search of the direction of urban expansion and modern lifestyle. Also, there will be a discussion about the use of design and design thinking process to improve the city by supporting learning, inspiring new ideas and efficiently improving the residents’ quality of life.
Brian McGrath is the Dean of the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School of Design in New York, USA, and the Founder of Urban-Interface, LLC, an urban design consultancy with expertise in architecture, environment and social media. He is also behind many new researches that involve urban ecosystems and creative city development technologies. He was a researcher in the Fulbright Senior Scholar Project in Thailand during 1998-99, and in the India China Institute Fellow Institute in 2006-2008. Currently, McGrath is the Research Director in the joint US-EU transatlantic exchange program Urbanisms of Inclusion.
James Grose is an Australian architect and the Director of BVN Architecture at the Sydney office. His company has received many international architectural design awards such as Sir John Sulman Medal and International Architecture Award. Their works cover a variety of projects from airport, shopping center, public space, to the Olympics stadium.
Emily Wang is the director of Taiwan Cultural & Creativity Development Foundation, a NPO that aims to foster local and cross-cultural talents, as well as initiate meaningful exchanges among artists, writers, storytellers, entrepreneurs, and changemakers. The foundation's primary events and initiatives are based in Huashan 1914 Creative Park, a unique cultural venue rehabilitated from a century-old distillery in urban Taipei. Emily will discuss how the distillery was transformed into one of the most vibrant creative hubs of Taiwan and how the platform brings people together.
David Handley has a broad experience in organizing international art exhibitions for 17 years before he decided to start a contemporary art community in the form of a sculpture exhibition center entitled Sculpture by the Sea in Australia. This center is considered the world’s biggest art exhibition venue and now has its branches in Perth, Australia and Aarhus, Denmark.