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Symposium: Mass Customization and Design Democratization

  • 11:14 - 18 April, 2017
Symposium: Mass Customization and Design Democratization
Symposium: Mass Customization and Design Democratization

Thanks to parametric design and digital fabrication it is now possible to massproduce 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 esthetic 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.

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 / Housebrand, Calgary, Canada
Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY, New York, USA
Elena Manferdini / Atelier Manferdini, Venice, USA
Karl Daubmann / University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 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,

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