Design Santa Fe 2013

design dialogue


“Making Things in a Digital Age: The Exploration of craft and Technology”

Join us for this exploration of craft and technology, process and product. Three invited internationally recognized speakers will discuss how to invent and make in the 21st century, post mechanical era.

These panelists include: Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Machine Histories, and Matilda McQuaid, Textile Director/Deputy Curatorial Director for the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York,

The Dialog will be led by Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine.

Following the Dialogue there will be individual workshops led by each of the Dialogue participants. These workshops will be held in different art galleries.

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Susan Szenasy

Susan S. Szenasy is Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis, the award-winning New York City–based magazine of architecture and design. Since 1986 she has led the magazine in landmark design journalism, achieving domestic and international recognition. She is internationally recognized as an authority on sustainability and design.

Billie Tsien 2

Tsien’s firm, New York City–based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, works primarily for institutions that value issues of aspiration and meaning, timelessness and beauty. Along with her partner, Tod Williams, she also is active as a teacher and lecturer worldwide.

Panelist: Jason Pilarski and Steven Joyner of Machine Histories

Machine Hist

Machine Histories is a groundbreaking design collaborative in Los Angeles whose work straddles several disciplines, working with machines, software, and building methods to create innovative techniques, products, rooms, and buildings.

Panelist: Matilda McQuaid


McQuaid is the Textile Director/Deputy Curatorial Director for the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. She is also an author and editor of books and articles on art, architecture, and design.







Workshops: New this year are workshops offered by our panelists to continue the conversation and offer some hands-on experience in designing and making things in a digital age. These include:

Hands-On Textiles, led by Matilda McQuaid

Saturday, November 2, 2–3:20 p.m. at the Lannan Foundation, 309 Read St., Santa Fe, NM

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Join in a touch-and-tell of textiles that are in the permanent collection of Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Come prepared to participate in the decision-making process of collecting and exhibiting textiles.

Tickets $30, Students $15 with ID

User-Driven Design, led by Jason Pilarski and Steven Joyner of MachineHistories

Saturday, November 2, 3:30–4:50 p.m., Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, 435 South Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM

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The workshop will discuss what parametric design is, how to define the various characteristics of a product, and basically how all this information becomes a set of numbers. The main goal is to demonstrate how technology can lead to new design processes.

Tickets $45, students $20 with ID

Material Shift, led by Billie Tsien

Saturday, November 2, 3:30–4:30 p.m. at Lannan Foundation, 309 Read St., Santa Fe, NM

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By re-imagining the inherent qualities in a certain material or the traditional methods of usage, we can create new materials or interpretations that convey a connection to and respect for local precedent. We ask that each participant bring in five postcards of Santa Fe that they believe are emblematic of the character of the place. We will use these as the basis of an exercise that will try to shift the character of the image from one that is general to one that is specific to the perceptions of the participant.

Tickets $30, Students $15 with ID


time & location: design dialogue


Saturday, November 2nd Dialogue Reception/Breakfast, 8:15-9:15 a.m. New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
Design Dialogue, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
Design Workshops, 2-3:20 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:50 p.m., Lannan Foundation

Tickets $40, Students $20 with ID

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