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Northeastern University faculty member Nathan Felde, Professor of Design, recently presented his paper, Eventual Design for an Emergent World, at the MIT Design Lab’s Beyond Intelligence. The conference, which took place on October 9 – 11, explored the implications of recent and emerging technological transformations in the practice of design, with a particular focus on the aesthetics and human experience of these new systems. Professor Felde’s paper fits well into this topic, diving into how modern design practices over the last century have changed with society.

Professor Felde’s paper argues that “in light of persistent social injustice, political strife and looming ecological danger, a more extensive accounting of the work of designers is needed, if only to craft a proper manifesto for proceeding with our work.” He goes on to explain his ideas on design in a manner accessible to all, regardless of their design experience, while outlining key points for responsible social design.

He is a graduate of MIT and his work has been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Musée de la Arte Decoratif. He has been recognized by the American Academy in Rome, AIGA, the International Union of Concerned Scientists, NEA, and the Aspen International Design Festival for his design work. Professor Felde has earned a rich history of design accolades and awards in his over 40 years in the practice, and continues to share his expertise with Northeastern students through the courses he teaches – as well as at conferences and events.

At the Beyond Intelligence conference, Northeastern faculty member Paolo Ciuccarelli, Professor in the Department of Art + Design and Founding Director of CAMD’s Center for Design (CfD), also spoke. He gave an introduction to the CfD and laid out a roadmap toward the official launch happening in January 2020. Northeastern’s CfD was a sponsor of the Eventual Design for an Emergent World conference.