Throughout history, people have sought connections with nature. In particular, designers have observed nature, investigated its materials, and imitated and abstracted its forms and qualities. In this program, participants will learn more about biomimicry and biophilia and how designs inspired by the natural world contribute to humanity from a panel of experts and explore Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, an exhibition co-organized with Cube design museum in the Netherlands featuring more than 60 groundbreaking works from designers across all disciplines who are collaborating with scientists, engineers, farmers, environmentalists, and nature itself to design a more harmonious and regenerative future.
Following a tour of Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, participants will hear from a panel of experts moderated by Lana Sutherland, CEO & Co-Founder of TEALEAVES.
Sam Van Aken, Associate Professor at Syracuse University and designer of the Tree of 40 Fruit
Patrick Lewis, Director, University of British Columbia Botanical Garden
Barbara A. Ambrose, Ph.D., Director of Laboratory Research, Editor, Botanical Review, The New York Botanical Garden
This program is free, but advanced registration is requested.
Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial is made possible by support from The Ainslie Foundation. Additional support is provided by Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, the August Heckscher Exhibition Fund, the Esme Usdan Exhibition Endowment Fund, and the Creative Industries Fund NL.
Funding is also provided by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York as part of the Dutch Culture USA program, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.