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«Design Innovation»​

Instagram Live series

Nowadays, with many platforms that provide designers with technological opportunities, there are still many challenges while combining technology and media with the design for educators and professionals.
Technology Platforms could facilitate the methods, but the question is that to what extend designers like architects, and urban designers should know about these technologies.
The first part of this talk is about the “media architecture,” which explains the relationship between design, media, and architecture. In the second part, Mark Shepard talks about understanding ” coding,” which is the language of our time for designers, and he elaborates on its ambiguity.
In the last part, they discuss the term ” urban data,” its concerns, and opportunities. They furthermore address some questions on how urban designers can access to urban data and utilize it for their professional practice and research projects.
Finally, they talk over “Artificial Intelligence technology” (Ai) and how it works as a tool for designers and how designers can position themselves in the age of AI.
Mark Shepard: “As a designer, you should create problems for others to solve, not just fixing them and try to engage folks.”

This video is a recording of the conversation of the second night hosted by Amirreza Azadeh who invited Hirbod Kamalinia. Hirbod is a data scientist who has worked in several tech companies from their embryonic phases Their conversation was concerned with the influences of scale and scope in complex systems specially in the context of urban life

For Future City’s first birthday, we held a series of Instagram Live discussions in 7 days with 7 hosts from the Future City network and their guests. The hosts invited their guests based on their area of expertise. Every night, a host and a guest joined in a live discussion from different parts of the world, talking about various topics, from urban innovation, sustainability, and intellectual property to emerging technology and futures. This video is a recording of the conversation of the third night hosted by Paria Kia who invited Nazvand Bahari, Attorney at law. This Live session was concerned with intellectual property in the context of Iranian law, specifically from the perspective of design and architecture.

In this video, they talk about different design disciplines through the distinguish of the terms “the future” and “futures”. They have particular regard at the COVID-19 pandemic that has been spreading all over the world and how innovative designs like the speculative design could work in these situations.
With a futuristic perspective on the problems, they speak about the infinite possibilities that we are heading to and how hard it is to share them with people in reality.
In another part of the conversation, they mention that looking at the future is very different in each ethnicity and culture.
Chris also describes how people in New Zealand think about the future, and how design is looking to solve problems there. The speakers also explain the vitality of being creative and using problems as an opportunity to rethink and reimagine the future and use design through the strategy for having a real impact on people’s lives.
This conversation also consists of useful advice for futuristics about being a good designer and having a better relationship with the clients.
Chris Jackson: “as a futuristic, you should always think about your impact on people’s life.”

This video is a recording of the conversation of the fifth night hosted by Hamidreza Mousavi who invited Mohammad Mahdi Afshar Azad, senior human resources consultant. Their conversation was concerned with challenges facing design firms, especially regarding human resources and innovation spirit in the firms.

This video is a recording of the conversation of the sixth night hosted by Shadnaz Azizi who invited Siamak Sam Loni. Siamak is the program director at UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Their conversation was concerned with sustainability challenges facing today’s world especially in large urban areas.

This video is a recording of the conversation of the last night hosted by Mani Mehrvarz who invited Hamid Ghazi, a digital designer from Stockholm, Sweden. Their conversation was concerned with differences and similarities between design and art and how it affects the practices on either side.

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