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Deadline: November 5
[Milan 11]
The theme chosen for the 2015 Milan Universal Exposition is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. This embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet. The aim of this International Competition is to design an Information Pavilion within the World Expo Park in Milan. This competition hopes to achieve the following: Encourage and reward design excellence which integrates function, structure, details and the spirit of the World Expo theme; research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an information pavilion that will be used by visitors during the World Expo; and encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

Early Deadline: November 18
eVolvo Skyscraper Competition
eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world's most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community and the skyscraper and the city.

Deadline: November 26
Engineering Contest: Efficient Tow-Start for Combustion Engines
The contest is about the generation of new and innovative ideas to smoothly connect electrical machines with combustion engines. Specifically this is a challenge to design a clutch system to guarantee a smooth interplay between electric machine and internal combustion engine over a defined lifetime? Join the community and submit your ideas as well as comment and evaluate those of fellow participants.

Deadline to register: November 23
Designing for the Future Scholarship Competition
Ford Motor Company Fund and Lawrence Technological University are sponsoring "Designing for the Future" Competition. High school seniors or transfer students interested in receiving an award to Lawrence Tech's Transportation Design or Industrial Design programs are encouraged to enter. Over $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students completing the admissions process and submitting a design proposal in either the automotive or product track.

Graduates from Lawrence Tech's program have 100% placement in industry with offers from: Ford, Chysler, GM, Nissan (London, UK), Peugeot (Paris, France), and VW (Wolfsburg, Germany). Become part of this exciting program and "make your mark" at the university and in industry by taking the first step by entering in this competition. Winners will be invited and announced at the MAIN Event in front of industry leading designers and executives from around the world attending the Detroit International Auto Show!

The Brief: The Ford Cortina, built by Ford of Britain from 1962 to 1982, was the UK's best-selling car of the 1970s, and still continues to have a large cult following. The Cortina also raced in rallies, and Lotus developed some sportier editions of the Cortina Mark I and Mark II which were marketed as the Ford Cortina Lotus. Considering the Cortina's mass-market AND performace appeal, design a timeless, iconic vehicle or products for the year 2030.

Scholarships are only valid for students enrolling and starting program in Fall 2015 at LTU's Transportation Design or Industrial Design program. Scholarship cannot be transferred to another academic year, but can make another submission the following year.

Deadline to Register: November 28
FNSS Mildesign 2015
FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S. (FNSS Defense Systems Inc.) the armored combat vehicle manufacturer of Turkey, is organizing the second FNSS MILDESIGN International Military Land Vehicles Design Competition. The purpose of the competition is to assist in raising designers for the defense industry, introducing young designers to professional circles and to support the activities in the development of indigenous products in Turkey.

Deadline: November 30
SitOnIt Seating Task Chair Design Competition
Stretch your imagination! Design the task chair of the future. Cast aside current thinking and come up with ground-breaking task chair designs that are thin, lightweight and futuristic as well as aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic. The winner will receive $3,000.

Various Deadlines: November 30 – February 2, 2015
ADC Awards Season 2015
This season combines the rich history of the ADC 94th Annual Awards, the oldest continuous international advertising and design award show in the world; the forward-thinking ADC Tomorrow Awards 2015, where creativity and technology come together to blaze a path to the future; and the 13th class of ADC Young Guns, an international portfolio competition for creative professionals 30 years of age and under.

November 6
SEGD's Xlab: Technology & the Internet of Place
—New York, New York

Xlab 2014 will be a day of inspiring dialogue and collaboration between the designers, thinkers and makers developing the experiential and immersive communication platforms in the built environment of the future. This technology event will be featuring top global design visionaries that are creating digital experiences. Get info on immersive experiences, the collaborative process and emerging platforms that can be used to activate your projects.

November 6–7
Bold Italic presents The Sum Conference
—San Francisco, California

The Bold Italic debuts The Sum, a two-day conference in San Francisco designed to bring city dwellers from a variety of walks of life together to cultivate their collective creativity and reimagine possibilities for themselves and their cities. An online magazine excited by experiments and celebrating artists and non-conformists The Bold Italic has lined up a speaker list for the conference that includes artist, designer, urban planner and TED alum Candy Chang; Vimeo and founder Zach Klein; Scott Dorley; Creative Director at the Stanford d. school and author of Make Space; Karen Cheng who famously "learned to dance in a year" and Power of Two author Joshua Wolf Shenk.

November 6–7
DesignThinkers 2014
—Toronto, Canada

DesignThinkers is Canada's premier conference for communication designers and strategists, advertisers and brand managers who believe that design is critical to effective, memorable communication and marketing. The campaign for this year's conference, developed by TAXI with illustration by Andrew Kolb, is premised upon 'The Awakening.' Designers are descendants of an extra-terrestrial race that must evolve in our ever-changing world or be rendered obsolete. DesignThinkers 2014 will be a mass reprogramming of minds drawn from out-of-this-world inspiration.

November 13–14
Adaptive Path's The Service Design Conference
—San Francisco, California

The Service Design Conference brings together organizational leaders, product managers, business process engineers, dev managers and designers who have a hand in defining, maintaining and executing experiences that span touchpoints, channels and traditional business silos.

January 22–25
Interior Design Show
—Toronto, Cananda

The Interior Design Show is Canada's premier showcase of new products, innovative designers and avant-garde concepts from North America and beyond. For one weekend each January, the city of Toronto is filled with industry superstars, cutting-edge emerging names, design-savvy consumers and top media outlets. And for 3.5 action-packed days, the Interior Design Show shapes the design world for the year to come.

Classes & Workshops

Competitions | Conferences | Classes | Events & Exhibitions

October 25
November 16
December 20
Design the Life You Love NYC Master Class
—New York, New York

Life is our most important project. Whether you are beginning a new phase in your career or just want to contemplate what comes next, the master class will provide you with new tools for thinking about your life playfully and with optimism. Note: The three-hour workshop will be held on multiple dates.

May 24 – June 7, 2015
Masters Workshop: Design History, Theory & Practice in Rome
—Rome, Italy

The Masters Workshop in Rome is an exciting way to learn about type and typography, book and lettering design, as well as architecture, art, archaeology, epigraphy, and even Italian cuisine. Study with the best typographers and designers in Italy. Visit the Trajan Column and partake in exclusive guided visits to the Roman and Imperial Forums, and "behind-the-stacks" tour of Biblioteca Angelica, the oldest library in Europe that houses original Bodoni type books. Examine the inscriptions on Roman structures that have long been accepted as a typographic ideal.

This intensive hands-on workshop enables you to research and analyze the roots of typography. You will print on a vintage letterpress, and draw type and letters from the classic models while practicing contemporary design, along with a faculty of Italian and American designers, and historians. Taught by leading design professionals, this workshop emphasizes the multidisciplinary and entrepreneurial nature of contemporary design.

November 5
IIT Institute of Design Fall Open House
—Chicago, Illinois

IIT Institute of Design students have the opportunity to solve real business problems, learn the fundamentals of design in a single foundation year, conduct research around the world with our global immersion program, and join a close-knit network of alumni in leadership roles at innovative organizations. You could too.

We invite you to join us for an evening cocktail reception, short presentations featuring students and faculty, campus tours, and information on how you can join our transcultural graduate program. We welcome prospective students and the curious to learn more about IIT Institute of Design and our role in the design community today.

November 6–9
—Chicago, Illinois

SOFA CHICAGO, the world's premier art fair dedicated to Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design, will welcome more than 3500 attendees to the Opening Night Preview on Thursday, November 6, beginning at 5 p.m. with an invitation only preview, continuing with a Public Preview from 7-9 p.m. Guests at the preview event will be the first to experience the fair, meet hundreds of artists, view thousands of works of art from nearly 70 galleries, and mix and mingle with gallerists, artists, curators, designers, and the Host Committee.

November 7
Design Museum Mornings with INCHFurniture
—Boston, Massachusetts

INCHFurniture is a Basel, Switzerland-based firm founded by Swiss Designers, Thomas Wüthrich and Yves Raschle. INCHFurniture is not only focused on function & form, but also the sociological & ecological impacts it has on the world. In 2004 INCHFurniture partnered with a wood-processing technical college in Indonesia, located outside of a teak tree forest. INCHFurniture sustainably manages this forest in close collaboration with its local partner, teaches carpentry workshops & seminars, advises the college, and provides new jobs for the people of Indonesia. Join us during one of the few days Thomas Wüthrich will be in the U.S. to hear him speak about the firm’s extensive collection and their new form of economic globalization.

November 12
Luminous Talks: The Changing Room
—New York, New York

How are our perceptions of time and space shaped by the constantly shifting movement of natural light within an interior space, and what role do architectural materials and finishes play in forming these perceptions? How can new lighting technologies expand historical applications of artificial light and affiliation with natural illumination? Given our rapidly expanding understanding of the powerful effects of lighting conditions on the human body, what can cutting-edge scientific research tell us about the impact on our health as we move through and inhabit these highly changeable and interactive spaces? These are just some of the issues to be addressed in The Changing Room.

Through November 15
WOOD MOOD at Valcucine
—New York, New York

Following the success in Milan and London, leading Italian kitchen manufacturer Valcucine is bringing the WOOD MOOD exhibition to New York for its third edition. Commissioned by Valcucine and curated by Italian architect Davide Fabio Colaci, the exhibition will unveil new possibilities and concepts, exploring the characteristics of wood beyond the conventional and functional. WOOD MOOD celebrates the versatility of wood, championing designers and craftsmanship that challenge the traditional practices associated with this material in the same way Valcucine does with its range of contemporary wooden kitchens.

December 10
Designing Innovation NYC
—New York, New York

Ford has joined forces with IDSA NY for a free livestream on Core77 where industry thinkers and designers Craig Metros, Ford Motor Company; Ingrid Fetell, IDEO; Allan Chochinov, SVA and Core77; and Steve Schlaffman, RRE Ventures will participate in a discussion covering how designers innovate in the present and near future to build lasting relationships between their brands' products and their customers. The discussion will be moderated by Rama Chorpash, Parson School of Design.

Through January 10, 2015
Urban Plunge: New Designs for Natural Swimming in Our Cities
—London, United Kingdom

Urban Plunge explores both existing schemes and future visions for river swimming in the heart of our cities. Commissioned by Roca London Gallery, it showcases international design and architectural projects that transform urban rivers into public leisure spaces, giving people an exciting new, water-level perspective on their metropolis. Curator Jane Withers, a design consultant and co-founder of Wonderwater, has selected five key projects to illustrate architecture and design's role in radically changing river usage, challenging our attitude to the urban water environment.

Through April 6, 2015
New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America
—New York, New York

Organized by the Museum of Arts and Design's Chief Curator Lowery Stokes Sims, the exhibition New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America examines globalized society in several distinct cities throughout Latin America, where some of the most pertinent new directions in arts and design are emerging today. New Territories explores the collaborations between small manufacturing operations and craftspersons, artists, and designers, and demonstrates how the resulting work addresses not only the issues of commodification and production, but also of urbanization, displacement and sustainability. The exhibition will explore a number of key themes, including: the dialogue between contemporary trends and artistic legacies in Latin American art; the use of repurposed materials in strategies of upcycling; the blending of digital and traditional skills; and the reclamation of personal and public space.