6:00 PM18:00

There Are No Sustainable Materials


As the fragile state of our planet is brought into ever-sharper focus, the notion of sustainability must move away from being a buzzword-filled trend toward urgent and actionable changes. As designers and brands struggle to heed the call to change, our efforts are often misguided by the myths and marketing of so-called “sustainable materials”. In fact, there are no sustainable materials, only sustainable systems.

Join Hyloh, IDSA and the Circular Economy Network for, “There are no Sustainable Materials” a panel discussion on achieving real sustainability through design, material choices and circular economy principles.


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Gravity Sketch Workshop

IDSA-NYC is excited to announce another collaboration with Smart Design and our new friends at Gravity Sketch going down on Saturday, April 6th!

Gravity Sketch is the amazing VR software that gives you the ability to easily sketch out amazingly detailed and beautiful concepts in 3D space. If you can draw or sculpt, gravity sketch might just be the tool for you. 

We think it's so cool that we've partnered with Gravity Sketch and Smart Design to hold this workshop. At the event, designers will learn about and try their hands at this intuitive and powerful tool without having to make the investment in a VR system or high-end PC.  

Join us and check out this next generation concept development tool and see if VR is right for your design process!

About the Event:

We’ll have 10 VR stations, a Gravity Sketch education specialist, demonstrations by industrial designer and Gravity Sketch expert Nick Baker, and about 30 industrial designers getting a hands-on introduction into VR concept development. This is a unique opportunity to explore an amazing tool alongside Gravity Sketch experts.

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6:00 PM18:00

Perspectives: Bauhaus, Pratt, or Parsons: The Genesis of ID Education

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On the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, what are the true origins of industrial design education? Three perspectives from the Bauhaus, Pratt, and Parsons.

We're looking forward to seeing you tonight for food, wine and a lively panel discussion courtesy of our friends at American Standard, part of Lixil.

Anna Bokov
, Ph.D., architect, educator (Cooper Union and Parsons), historian and design director Terreform ONE. Currently working on a book on the emergence of modern architecture and design pedagogy through the interdisciplinary avant-garde schools - Vkhutemas and the Bauhaus. 

Tucker Viemeister: Industrial designer and advocate of the origins of industrial design curriculum at Pratt and beyond — the impact of Donald Dohner, Alexander Kostellow and Rowena Reed Kostellow. 

Rama Chorpash: Designer and founder of Parsons MFA Industrial Design. Focuses on exchange between people and everyday things in the Industrial design revolution(s) and as Parsons programs evolve.

Paul Makovsky: writer, strategist, curator, and editor in chief of Contract. He is currently writing a book on the life and work of Florence Knoll Bassett.

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10:00 AM10:00

IDSA.NYC Spring Portfolio Review

Smarties: Dan Grossman, James Krause, Alaina Applebaum, Albert Kwak, Anna Miller, Brandon Rodriguez, Neil Kwiatkoski

Smarties: Dan Grossman, James Krause, Alaina Applebaum, Albert Kwak, Anna Miller, Brandon Rodriguez, Neil Kwiatkoski

Does your portfolio need a little love? Well, we've got the perfect match! It's time to hook up with this amazing team from Smart Design...

Our friends at Smart Design have crafted a fantastic portfolio workshop. Whether your portfolio needs a little tune-up or a complete rebuild, don't miss this opportunity. You'll learn the do's and don'ts, tips and tricks, and get the feedback you need to develop a standout portfolio.

The event will be hosted by our very generous colleagues at the SVA Ground Floor Incubator.

There will be presentations, examples from the Smart Design team and small group workshops where you'll get direct feedback on your portfolio. During the group reviews, we'll spend 30 minutes on each participant - about 15 minutes of presentation time and 15 minutes for review. Whether you want to focus on a larger project or walk through a number of smaller ones is entirely up to you.

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6:00 PM18:00

BetterBin Open House


Join us for the BetterBin Open House!

For anyone interested in participating in the BetterBin Competition this is a great opportunity to speak directly with sanitation workers and ask questions before you start developing your concepts.  In addition to the panel, DSNY will have collection trucks and vintage litter baskets on hand!

The Open House is free so don't miss this chance!

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