Debate: Designers Are Lazy When It Comes To Sustainability

Moderated by Narelle Yabuka

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Add to Calendar 2019/10/12 5:00 pm 2019/10/12 5:45 pm Singapore/Singapore Saturday Indesign - Debate: Designers Are Lazy When It Comes To Sustainability

There’s no shortage of information about how the output of designers and architects could be more sustainable. So why don’t more of us achieve it? Wine provided by Cosentino Southeast Asia.

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There’s no shortage of information about how the output of designers and architects could be more sustainable. So why don’t more of us achieve it? Are designers lazy, or are there other factors at play? The legendary debate team from 2017 returns to Saturday Indesign to battle it out. Hold on to your seats, because it’s going to be a wild ride!

Design Conversations are proudly presented by Indesign Media Asia. Wine provided by Cosentino Southeast Asia.

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Discussion Panel

Joshua Comaroff

Design Consultant, Lekker Architects

Josh is a Design Consultant at Singapore-based firm Lekker Architects. Born in Manchester and raised in Chicago, Josh studied literature and creative writing at Amherst College before joining the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He worked as part of Rem Koolhaas’ Harvard Project on the City. Together with his partner Ong Ker Shing, Josh works across a broad creative spectrum with a special emphasis on design for the arts, children and seniors.

Hunn Wai

Co-founder & Creative Director, Lanzavecchia + Wai

Hunn is the co‐founder and Creative Director of the award‐winning Italian‐Singaporean industrial design consultancy Lanzavecchia + Wai. He and Francesca Lanzavecchia have applied their human‐centric, research‐driven design methodology to projects as diverse as limited‐edition artisanal carpets, to healthcare research, to baby products, to VIP helicopter interiors. Their clients and commissioners include Cappellini, Herman Miller, Tod’s and Alcantara. L+W was awarded one of the top prizes in design in 2016: the Red Dot Award for Product Design. Photo by Davide Farabegoli.

Razvan Ghilic-Micu

Associate, HASSELL

Razvan is an architect and an advocate for evidence-based design and research-centric practice, with a keen interest in innovation and agility. At HASSELL he is involved in designing new-generation working and learning environments in Singapore and across Asia. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has over a decade of professional experience in Singapore, Shanghai, New York and Toronto. Razvan balances practice with ongoing involvement in the Singapore Institute of Architects, where he serves on the Publications Committee as the Features Editor of The Singapore Architect magazine. He also worked on this year’s Archifest. He is also a guest lecturer at NUS School of Architecture, where he presently leads a design studio unit.

Tan Szue Hann

Managing Director, MINIWIZ Singapore

Hann is an architect and leads the Singapore office of MINIWIZ – a global award-winning circular economy RD&D (Research, Design & Development) firm that turns recycled materials into architecture, interiors, furniture and consumer products. He is a Board Member of the Singapore Green Building Council; Council Member and Chairman, Sustainability, of the Singapore Institute of Architects; a World Cities Summit Young Leader; and BCA Built Environment Young Leader. He studied architecture at NUS, with a visiting fellowship to UCLA, and has taught adjunct at SUTD and NUS. Hann has been an invited speaker at leading conferences in urbanism, architecture and sustainability, including the World Mayors Forum 2019 in Colombia. He was Singapore’s Young Green Architect of the Year in 2015-16, and has led multiple sustainability projects in Singapore and internationally. Photo by Khoo Guojie.

Sarah Ichioka

Director, Desire Lines, and Curator, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2020

Sarah is an urbanist, curator and writer, currently leading a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural and social-impact organisations and initiatives. In previous roles, she has explored the intersections of cities, society and ecology within leading international institutions of culture, policy and research. Sarah’s outlook is glocal, interdisciplinary and future-facing. She has been recognised as a World Cities Summit Young Leader, one of the Global Public Interest Design 100, a British Council / Clore Duffield Cultural Leadership International Fellow, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. She will provide commentary on the debate proceedings this year at Saturday Indesign.

Narelle Yabuka

Editor, Cubes & Indesignlive.sg, Indesign Media Asia Pacific

Narelle is the Editor of Cubes magazine, Indesignlive.sg and Indesignlive.hk, and the Asia Co-Editor of Habitus. She is a Senior Content Editor for Indesign Media’s C-GEN content service, and the Co-Director (with Alice Blackwood) of the INDE.Awards 2019. She has lived in Singapore for over a decade and worked in architecture and design publishing in Singapore, Perth and Melbourne since 2002. She spent several years teaching interior design at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from UWA and a Bachelor of Arts (Interior Architecture) from Curtin University of Technology.

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