I will be giving a keynote at the RSA Design debate: Twenty-first Century Manufacture.
Debate curated by Emily Campbell, Director of Design
8 John Adam Street, London wc2, 6pm Thursday 24 March 2011
To book a free sit: http://www.thersa.org/events/our-events/less-stuff,-more-performance,-better-fit
The RSA – combines thought leadership with social innovation to further human progress. Building on our 250 year history as a beacon for enlightenment values, we undertake influential and varied research projects and host the UK’s most ambitious free lecture series.
The new technologies of designing and manufacturing promise to reinvigorate local production and to put a rapid prototype, a custom object and a perfect-fit within the reach of millions who never called themselves a designer or craftsman. But do enough of us know enough design to transform this promise into a manufacturing renaissance? While these new ways of making advance the interests of commercial manufacturers and craft hobbyists, do they also answer a universal human need to fabricate?
Assa Asshuach presents a digital tool under development which allows anyone to specify 3-d objects within set design parameters. Designer Sebastian Conran, open innovation consultant Roland Harwood and additive manufacturing expert Neil Hopkinson join the panel discussion chaired by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, author of a new RSA Design pamphlet The New Tin Ear: Materials, Manufacturing and the Rise of the User-Maker. The event is free but you need to
reserve a place at www.theRSA.org/events.