November 19, 2008

Design Within Reach

On Wednesday I'm participating in a panel discussion about the interplay between modern technology and modern design. My co-panelist is a stupendous badass, Mr. Sohrab Vossoughi, founder of ZIBA Design, and the event is moderated by Tim DuRoche (Community Outreach Manager at Portland Center Stage) and architecture-blogger extraordinaire, Brian Libby. Should be fun!
Designs on Portland: Designing Dreams, Engineering Desire
Wednesday, November 19, 6-8pm

What role do design and technology play in how we imagine the future? What role does design play in the manufacturing of desire, in solving complex global issues, or in animating a more open source relationship with everyday objects? In collaboration with Portland Center Stage, DWR brings together a diverse crowd interested in the convergence of shows, books, and exhibitions in Portland this fall. At the Studio, have your questions, comments and ideas ready for a conversation moderated by Portland architecture blogger Brian Libby (, Tim DuRoche of Portland Center Stage, Sohrab Vossoughi of ZIBA Design ( and Daniel H. Wilson, robotics engineer and author of “Where’s My Jetpack? A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived.”

This evening is presented in conjunction with “R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe” at Portland Center Stage ( through December 7; “Manuf®actured” at the Museum of Contemporary Craft ( through January 4; and Raymond Loewy: Designs for a Consumer Culture at Oregon Historical Society ( through January 4. Wine and refreshments will be served, provided by Pour Wine Bar ( Doors open at 6:00pm, program begins at 6:30.