Global Futures Lab Symposium and Exhibition in Rome

RISD, with the support of MAXXI, hosted a symposium entitled, Global Futures, at MAXXI in Rome, Italy on March 2, 2018.

The symposium aims at moving beyond stereotypical western visions of the future. The public is also invited to the exhibition Souvenirs from the Futures, featuring objects created by students who participated in the Lab at six different art, design and architecture universities around the world.

Project partners will come together to discuss the themes explored through the Global Futures Lab, which was created in 2017 by RISD Associate Professor of Industrial Design Paolo Cardini as part of the college’s newly created Global Faculty Fellowship.

The public is invited to join RISD and MAXXI for the full-day symposium, which features speakers such as: Saeid Aliari (Art University of Isfahan, Iran), Meskerem Asseguad (Zoma Art Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Dawit Benti (Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Planning at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Tegan Bristow (University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa), Paolo Cardini (RISD), Paula Gaetano Adi (RISD), Pippo Ciorra (MAXXI), Gwen Farrelly (RISD), Felipe Ferrer (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Peru in Lima, Peru), Sohail Inayatullah (Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan), Praveen Naher (National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India), Milvia Perez (Instituto Superior de Diseño in Havana, Cuba), and Bruce and Stephanie Tharp (University of Michigan).

Through a series of international, on-site workshops led by Cardini, more than 60 students from selected institutions in Cuba, Ethiopia, Iran, India and Peru were invited to reflect on their own environment, traditions and beliefs, and to envision futures respectful of their culture and in line with their own idea of progress.

The public was also invited to the exhibition, Souvenirs from the Futures, featuring objects created by students who participated in the Lab at six different art, design and architecture universities around the world.