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Join us in Pittsburgh, PA on Sept 12 - 14, 2017 for the 3rd annual Living Product Expo! Learn more and register here: http://www.livingproductexpo.org/
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Wednesday, September 13 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
The Next Generation of Designers (Parsons School of Design, Healthy Materials Lab)

Join us at the special stage on the trade show floor to hear from the folks at Parsons School of Design and the Healthy Materials Lab.

Parsons recent design graduates, in discussion with Parsons design faculty, will explore the changing face of design education and practice that places human health at the center of decision making. The future of our built environments, objects and garments with which all people will have intimate contact, are in the hands of the next generation of designers. This panel will share the thoughts and insights from current design research studios.


Moderators
avatar for Alison Mears

Alison Mears

Director, Healthy Materials Lab, Parsons School for Design
Alison Mears is Director of Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design, New York (Previously Dean of the School of Design Strategies). She is a Co-Principal Investigator of the Healthy Affordable Materials Project, a three-year grant funded by The JPB Foundation to detoxify... Read More →
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Jonsara Ruth

Design Director, Healthy Materials Lab, Parsons School for Design
Jonsara Ruth is a designer and Design Director of Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design in New York City.  At Parsons School of Design she is founding director of the progressive MFA Interior Design program. Jonsara founded Salty Labs, a collaborative design studio, to... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Burns

Artist / Designer, TOTALE A/C
Sarah Burns is an artist and designer who embraces collaborative and humanistic practices. She is the co-founder of an aesthetic collective called TOTALE A/C, the co-founder and co-editor of WOPOZI arts newspaper and the founder of an experimental painting project called Fruit Party... Read More →
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Lifan Deng

Designer, Recent Graduate of Parsons School of Design
Lifan Deng created Agar Agar vases (learn more here) in which the vase and its flowers would decay at the same rate. This project on biodegradability and zero-waste truly showcased innovation and an acute awareness of environmental health... Read More →
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Jack Dinning

Post Graduate Research Fellow, Healthy Materials Lab
I wear a lot of hats; researcher, architectural designer, fabricator, red sox, activist, and about a closet-full more on any given day. It keeps things exciting, and lets me address the issues I care about from a variety of angles. Those can range from materials toxicity to sensory... Read More →
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Jacob Olmedo

Designer, Recent Graduate of Parsons School of Design
Jacob Olmedo is a designer and artist who focuses on sustainability and the future of fashion through textiles and garments. He most recently received his BFA in Fashion Design from The School of Fashion at Parsons the School for Design in NY. He was awarded the Future Textiles Award... Read More →


Wednesday September 13, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
Hall C