February 2017

Boston Design Week 2017

Boston Design Week, a 12-day, city-wide festival, seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design. Fostering recognition of the vital role design plays in our lives, over 80 events all over the city bring new audiences to a wide array of design industries and organizations. Hosting a variety of inclusive and engaging events, the Innovation and Design Building shares Boston Design Week’s vision of encouraging the public to explore all aspects of design.

Top Places to Live with Boston magazine
March 30 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. | The Innovation and Design Building | Dock | 25 Drydock Avenue
Boston magazine presents a panel discussion and celebratory event designed to bring the March ‘Best Places to Live’ issue feature to life.

Control4 Smart Home Airstream
April 4-7 | 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Boston Design Center Courtyard | 1 Design Center Place
Visit the Control4 Dream Stream to see how a Control4 Smart Home can simplify your life by setting scenes that can dim the lights, start the music, and lower the temperature—all with one command.

Spring Showcase
April 4 | All Day | Boston Design Center
Spring Showcase is a one-day mini-market focused on dining and entertaining. Join us for a full day of dinner-table inspired design featuring Matthew Quinn, Young Huh, Chef Dave Becker, and more.

Designing for Virtual Reality
April 4 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. | Neoscape | 23 Drydock Avenue
This hands-on session will merge the worlds of 2D and 3D design into an interactive VR experience.

Women at the Top…How I Got Here!
April 4 | 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. | Scavolini | Suite 634
How I Got Here reveals the perils and perks of reaching the top in the world of building and design.

Dreams for Future Cities
April 5 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. | Continuum | 21 Drydock Avenue
How will our relationship to technology and the so-called smart city change in a world of self-driving cars, robotic homes, ambient information displays, and seductive conversational agents?

The Continued Relevance of Classicism in Contemporary Design
April 6 | 11:00 a.m. | Boston Design Center Seminar Room and Market Stalls | Suites 548 + 203
Not merely an architectural style or collection of styles, Classicism is a philosophy about humanity and nature.

Design Showdown
April 7 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. | Boston Design Center Seminar Room and Galley West | Suites 548 + 200
Design Showdown culminates in this exciting live event and after party where student finalists’ designs are presented, judged, showcased, and celebrated.

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Challenge the Makers at Open Studios

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: IDB Makers’ Guild, 25 Drydock Ave, 2nd Floor

Challenge the Makers at Open Studios

Join Fort Point Cabinetmakers, Blanche P. Field, and Boston Furniture Collaborative for a creative design challenge during their annual open studios party. Bring your thorniest design problem and a panel of designers, makers, artists, and educators will offer ideas, thoughts, and solutions to your particular design challenge.

The Makers’ Guild members include thought leaders in design, space, and lighting solutions. This is your opportunity to ask questions, get custom-made advice, and develop a plan for executing that difficult-to-complete project! Bring an object, photos, clippings, articles – anything that will illustrate the particular design challenge you are wrestling with – and sit across the table from people who have decades of experience solving those exact problems. Share a beer with your friends while seeing some of the best customized work being done anywhere.

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Center for Workplace Innovation Announcement Event

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Boston Design Center Galley West, Suite 200

Center for Workplace Innovation Announcement Event

Design Museum Boston and Jamestown are excited to announce the launch of the Center for Workplace Innovation, a platform for sharing the latest thinking in workplace design and innovation through articles, videos, interviews, and multimedia content — coupled with an annual Workplace Innovation Summit signature event, pulling together the thought leaders of the industry for keynote presentations, demonstrations, and workshops. Join workplace industry professionals, design leaders, our partners as we announce the Center and honor two local workplace innovators for this kick-off event.

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IDB Ideas: The Future of Making Things

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Autodesk, 23 Drydock Ave, 6th Floor

Sponsor: Autodesk

IDB Ideas: The Future of Making Things

IDB Ideas is a speaker series that focuses on the intersection of design, technology, and innovation in a variety of fields. Co-hosted by the Innovation and Design Building and Autodesk, this edition reviews the way disruptive technologies are changing how we design, plan, build, and manufacture. Engage in thoughtful conversation with:

Networking and refreshments will follow the panel discussion. Tour the new Autodesk office and BUILD Space including new installations by Jaywalk Studio and check out a private showing of Recontextualizing Objects, an exhibition of Northeastern University student design work.

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The Neoscape Design Challenge

Thursday, April 7

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Neoscape, 23 Drydock Avenue, 5th Floor

The Neoscape Design Challenge

As a creative agency, Neoscape spends their days trying to solve client problems—in ways that are innovative, different, and exciting—with specific limitations (budget, schedule, etc). This Boston Design Week event will provide a hands-on opportunity to think creatively under constraints to develop design solutions that the client loves.

The workshop session will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

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Spring into Design: Celebrating Urban Sustainability

This dynamic reception-style event will focus on the wide theme of urban sustainability and its impact on the future of design practices.

7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: 23 Drydock Avenue

Spring into Design: Celebrating Urban Sustainability

The Boston Architectural College welcomes our community to celebrate with us on April 21 at the Innovation and Design Building from 7 - 10pm. Dress Code: Creative Cocktail Attire. This dynamic reception-style event will focus on the wide theme of urban sustainability and its impact on the future of design practices. We anticipate approximately 300–400 guests throughout the night. Our audience attracts members of the entire Boston design community, composed of industry professionals including commercial and residential architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, design, construction, engineering, real estate, and many other related fields. Guests will be treated to food tastings from a variety of local and sustainable producers and restaurants and a full bar, compliments of our food and beverage sponsors. Connect with industry leaders while sipping cocktails, enjoying live entertainment, and browsing our high-end silent auction.

Our Honorary

Committee includes: Marianne Bowler and Marc Pfeffer, Corinne Barthelemy,

Janice Byrd, Scott Harshbarger and Judith Stephenson, Eric M. Haydel, William

Hodgins, Glen and Susanne LeRoy, Taniya Nayak, Gail Ravgiala, Elizabeth Chu

Richter, Dana Rowan, Cheri Ruane, Daniel and Kara Ryan, and Wendy Shattuck and

Samuel Plimpton

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