This week PennDesign is hosting a two-day symposium on the concept of “making space” – in both the physical and experiential sense – examining new dimensions in design practice that depart from strictly client-driven work “in favor of more nimble, savvy, resilient and aggressive modes of operation that enhance and expand the cultural potency and agency of design,” the symposium organizers write. They explain:
“Within these non-traditional formats of practice, the idea of design making space has shifted from solely a material practice toward a focus on the generation of unique platforms from which design can engage society and culture in a projective, anticipatory way – making space to operate; making space to engage; making space to profit; making space to affect change; making space to grow; making space to advocate; making space to change the conversation – and ultimately, making space for design.”
The Making Space Symposium gets underway on Thursday afternoon with a panels about Making Space to Engage (3:50pm) and Making Space to Provoke (5:30pm). Friday is a full day that will plow through dialogues about Making Space for New Work (10am), Advocacy (11:40am), Expertise (2:20pm), and the Unknown (4pm).
Making Space will be held at Penn Design’s Meyerson Hall (210 S. 34th Street) is free, but advance online registration is suggested.