Corning, NY 14830
The history of design reflects the human conquest of nature. To create the earliest tools and dwellings, people harnessed the energy of the Earth and its creatures. Since the industrial revolution, technologies have transformed the world’s atmosphere and ecosystems. Designers today are seeking new ways to feed, clothe, house, and protect future generations often by emulating natural processes, drawing inspiration from natural systems or directly relying on natural phenomena. Join Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as she discusses some of the museum’s recent research in areas of architecture, urbanism, product design, landscape design, fashion, visual communication, and materials as the Cooper Hewitt prepares for the next Design Triennial in 2019.