We're very excited for RISD/Brown's 2011 A Better World By Design Conference, held September 30th through October 2nd. We've provided coverage in the past, and will be providing comprehensive coverage this year as well. Unofficial themes for the conference include design for disaster relief and sustainable design. Early bird registration has closed, but regular tickets are still available.
Panels include: Better Cities by Design; Designing Behavioral Change; Infographics and Animations; Socially Engaged Architecture; and Urban Access to Food.
Perhaps the most exciting offerings this year are the selection of workshops: Design Thinking for Social Innovation, led by Continuum; Emergency Shelter Design and Distribution, including the chance to build a variety of actual emergency shelters; GIS: An Introduction to Applying Data Mapping to Disaster Planning; and Infographic Design in Disaster Relief.
Dave Seliger is a Postgrad Fellow in Logistics and Ext Affairs at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. He has extensive experience helping firefighters, police officers, and disaster responders improve their services through design.