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Design Redefined

Design Redefined is series of events seeking to challenge our perception of design as a process of enhancing aesthetics, usability, or marketability and moving towards a deeper understanding of it as a powerful tool for change.

Appropriate for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as design professionals, each session will feature a panel discussion featuring thought leaders, followed by a hands-on exploration of key design principles, light refreshments, and networking. Co-hosted by MIT MAD and Innovators for Purpose.

Free with Museum admission (note: the museum will waive admission for all visitors beginning at 3pm on the session dates)
Seating is limited.

Shaping Shared Spaces

In this session, we’ll delve into the heart of designing shared spaces while exploring the unique dynamics at play when infusing vibrancy and community spirit into public spaces. Learn how design can unite communities and create spaces where everyone feels they belong, including teens who are often overlooked. Join us in a conversation that aims not just to question but to act.

This program is presented as part of Boston Design Week.

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Michelle Moon

Panelist, Principal and Founder, Civic Space Collaborative
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Hermela Shimelis

Panelist, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, iFp Emerging Innovator
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Ayesha M. Wilson

Moderator, Cambridge City Councilor
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Aubrey Tyler

Panelist, Associate, HargreavesJones
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Taylor Leonard

Panelist, Program Manager, Community Partnerships, Charles River Conservancy

Past Sessions

Equity, Ethics, Engagement and AI

Join us as we reimagine the AI landscape through intentional design. In this session, we will examine how the principles of equity, ethics, and engagement can transform AI from a technology where inclusion is not just an aspiration, but the primary catalyst for innovation. This program will be moderated by Innovators for Purpose, a BIPOC-led non-profit youth design and innovation studio.

A maker activity and networking opportunity will follow the panel discussion.

Appropriate for teens and adults.

Moderator: Ramzey Burdette

Boston Latin Academy, iFp Emerging Innovator

Panelist: Daniella DiPaola

PhD Student, MIT Media Lab

Panelist: Wendell Joseph

Thinker, Dreamer, Educator, Designer, Strategic Advisor

Panelist: Raechel Walker

PhD Student, MIT Media Lab