April 29, 2015
Reflecting back on our Living Future(s)
As is frequently the case at the annual Living Future unConference, we arrived with the directive to present (and to educate) but ended up learning more than we could have imagined ourselves. In particular, the BKSK LAB found that their workshop, “Community, Culture and Place: Empathy + Mindful Design in Practice,” provided a meaningful space to reflect on our own processes for communication, collaboration, and the overall process of design. Read More
March 27, 2015
James Wilson to speak at next annual EDRA conference
BKSK is proud to announce that James Wilson, Sustainable Design Researcher, will be presenting at the Environmental Design Research Association’s 46th annual conference. Themed around “brainSTORM: Dynamic Interactions of Environment-Behavior and Neuroscience,” EDRA46 will occur in Los Angeles between May 27-30, 2015.
James’ poster session will take place on May 29th, at which time he’ll present research entitled “The Production of Varieties of Presence.” The knowledge gained from this research will ideally be utilized by architects and designers to create environments that more fully involve the perceiving human inhabitant or dweller – ultimately generating greater empathic activity and behavior in the actively participating individual. Among the many environments already studied is Studio Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project installation for the Tate Modern, pictured here. Image credit: Rich Hintz.
February 2, 2015
BKSK selected to lead two sessions at Living Future 2015
This April, BKSK will once again be presenting at the annual Living Future unConference. This year’s unConference will be held in Seattle and occur between April 1-3, 2015.
On April 2nd, Sustainable Design Director Jennifer Preston will moderate a session entitled “Community, Culture, and Place: Empathy + Mindful Design in Practice,” with speakers that include a Zen priest, a cultural ecologist, and some curious architects, including BKSK’s own James Wilson. The session is based around a series of inward-focused mindfulness exercises that will inform an outward-focused ethnographic workshop. Through this session, participants will develop improved mindfulness and embodied empathy skills that can then inform their design practice.
Later that same day, Jennifer will co-host the “Creating the Exquisite through Natural Inspiration 2.0” workshop, in an encore appearance with FXFOWLE’s Ilana Judah. Get a sense for what this workshop entails by reading Jennifer’s reflections on last year’s unConference.