Design and Displacement
Parsons School of Design, New York
6 – 8 September 2018
The Design History Society’s annual conference entitled “Design and Displacement” focuses on displacement in different contexts and the associated spatial, social, and technical changes within design.
The consequences of the refugee crisis are felt and are visible at all levels. Apart from those affected, society, politics, and not least design are also facing new challenges. Innovative approaches to housing, the development of new instruments and projects for crisis management, and the general transformation of the (cultural) landscape are needed. Displacement produces cultural exchange and this is what inspires design when finding solutions. The topic is interpreted and discussed from many angles – both the positive possibilities that design brings along as well as the problems it is exposed to on different levels. Reference is made not only to the displacement of people, but also to the displacement of objects and styles, to changing technologies, and urban development. Historical approaches to the handling by art and design of displacement and general (cultural) change to date will also be looked at: past exhibitions dealing with displacement, migration or travel, fashion cycles and styles of design, and the reinvention of historical objects will be discussed. The speakers include the author and curator Paul Chaat Smith, Lowery Stokes Sims, former curator of the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Tony Fry, designer and design theorist, author, and lecturer; and the architect and historian Mable O. Wilson. Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in exclusive museum tours, at venues such as the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the Flushing Meadows Park in Queens.