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CreativeMornings SF with John Cary

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:30am PDT

Instacart
50 Beale Street
11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

An architect by training, John Cary has devoted his career to expanding the practice of design for the public good. Due out next month, John’s forthcoming book is titled Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone. With a foreword by Melinda Gates and designed by Paula Scher of Pentagram, the book showcases 20 extraordinary building projects from around the world. It makes the case that everyone deserves good design, and celebrates design centered around compassion, empathy, and dignity.

John’s first book was The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories About Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients. His writing on design, philanthropy, and fatherhood has appeared in the New York Times, on CNN.com, and in numerous other publications. John works as a philanthropic and strategic advisor to an array of foundations and nonprofits around the world, and he frequently curates and hosts events for The Aspen Institute, TED, and other thought leadership organizations. Deeply committed to diversifying the public stage, he is a founding partner in FRESH Speakers, a next-generation speakers bureau that represents young women and people of color.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, John completed his graduate work at UC Berkeley. He is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and a three-time commencement speaker, among other honors. John lives in a cohousing community in Oakland, with his wife, author Courtney E. Martin, and their two daughters. He is an avid marathon runner and photographer. John drives a vintage VW Bus in his favorite color, orange, and recently built a ridiculously intricate Lego model of it, which was a lot harder than it may sound!

Within Walking Distance: New Haven’s East Rock Neighborhood with Author Phil Langdon

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm EDT

New Haven Free Public Library
133 Elm Street
Community Program Room
New Haven, CT 06510
United States

When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: New Haven Free Public Library, Community Program Room

Description: Author of several previous books, Phil has written about design, planning, and community for many national periodicals, including The Atlantic, New Urban News, Landscape Architecture, and Planning magazine.

Journalist and urban critic Phil Langdon shows how people are creating, improving, and caring for walkable communities such as New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood—places where residents can walk or bike in just a few minutes to cafes, grocery stores, laundries, schools, park

Contact: Seth Godfrey 203 946 8130 ext 211

 

The State of Being Equal: Improving urban spaces

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 6:30pm AEDT

Readings Carlton
309 Lygon St
Carlton VIC 3053
Australia

The State of Being Equal is a forum intended to make sure we trump Trump politics by exploring how society can be more equitable and just, rather than divisive and bellicose. Each event in the series will examine a new title that is relevant to global and sexual politics.

Charles R. Wolfe’s Seeing the Better City is an invaluable tool for constructive, creative discourse about improving urban space. Wolfe demonstrates how we might better catalog the influences of city elements such as urban form, neighborhood dynamics and public transportation, as well as shares insights into how they can use those observations to contribute to better planning and design decisions.

Wolfe will discuss his research and book with The Urbanist’s Alan Davies.

Free, but please book here.

Design for Good :: Boston Book Launch

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 5:30pm EDT

Humanscale
34 Farnsworth Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
United States

Join Humanscale + Bernhardt Design for the Boston launch of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone—author John Cary’s new book is focused on the dignifying power of design.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Design for Good is premised on the belief that everyone deserves good design. This isn’t just another book for and about designers; it’s a book about the lives we lead, inextricably shaped by the spaces and places we inhabit. 

With a foreword by Melinda Gates, the book showcases 20 diverse building projects from across the country and around the world. Brought to life with stunning photography, each project narrative is based on extensive interviews with clients, users, and designers, including Boston-based MASS Design Group.

Published by Island Press and designed by Pentagram, each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the book, thanks to the generosity of Bernhardt Design and Humanscale. 

“This book matters deeply to a field searching for its highest calling and to a world in need of our best efforts.”
Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO, and author, Change by Design

“A visual testament to the fact that every human being has the right to live a healthy, dignified life.”
Barbara Bush, Co-founder & CEO, Global Health Corps

"A compelling and fresh argument that architects have an opportunity to not just build buildings, but build dignity.” 
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

 

EVENING SCHEDULE

5:30-6:30pm: Welcome and drinks

6:30-7pm: Author remarks

7-8:30pm: Book signing and reception

 

ABOUT THE HOSTS

Humanscale believes that the best designs are based on purpose and function. Simplicity and ease of use are at the heart of functionality; a product's form should flow from its function, resulting in products that will feel and look as current and relevant in 20 years as they do today. Humanscale believes everything the company creates—from its factories to its products—must be self-sustaining and make a positive contribution. 

Bernhardt Design was founded in 1980 by the 128-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company and continues to be a leader and innovator in furniture design and production. During the past 15 years, President Jerry Helling has assembled an extraordinary creative team that has positioned Bernhardt Design as one of the premier international design companies with a focus on supporting future generations of designers.

Natural Defense by Emily Monosson | An Island Press book

Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 4:30pm EDT

Arnold Arborteum
Hunnewell Building
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
United States

Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health

Emily Monosson, PhD, Environmental Toxicologist, Writer, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1 Session: Wednesday, October 4, 7:00–8:15pm

Location: Hunnewell Building

For more than a century, we have relied on chemical cures to keep our bodies free from disease and our farms free from bugs and weeds. We rarely consider human and agricultural health together, but both are based on the same ecology, and both are being threatened by organisms that have evolved to resist our antibiotics and pesticides. Fortunately, scientists are finding new solutions that work with, rather than against, nature. Emily Monosson will speak about some of science’s most innovative strategies and the growing understanding of how to employ ecology for our own protection. Natural Defense, Monosson’s newest book, will be available for purchase and signing.
 

Fee Free member and student, $5 nonmember

Design for Good :: NYC Book Launch

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:00pm EDT

Bernhardt Design
136 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10016
United States

DESCRIPTION

Join Humanscale + Bernhardt Design for the New York launch of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone—author John Cary’s new book focused on the dignifying power of design.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Design for Good is premised on the belief that everyone deserves good design. This isn’t just another book for and about designers; it’s a book about the lives we lead, inextricably shaped by the spaces and places we inhabit. 

With a foreword by Melinda Gates, the book showcases 20 diverse building projects from across the country and around the world. Brought to life with stunning photography, each project narrative is based on extensive interviews with clients, users, and designers, including New York-based Sharon Davis Design.

Published by Island Press and designed by Pentagram, the first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book, thanks to the generosity of Bernhardt Design and Humanscale. 

“This book matters deeply to a field searching for its highest calling and to a world in need of our best efforts.”
Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO, and author, Change by Design

“A visual testament to the fact that every human being has the right to live a healthy, dignified life.”
Barbara Bush, Co-founder & CEO, Global Health Corps

"A compelling and fresh argument that architects have an opportunity to not just build buildings, but build dignity.” 
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

 

EVENING SCHEDULE

6-7pm: Welcome and drinks

7-7:30pm: Author remarks

7:30-8:30pm: Book signing and reception

 

ABOUT THE HOSTS

Humanscale believes that the best designs are based on purpose and function. Simplicity and ease of use are at the heart of functionality; a product's form should flow from its function, resulting in products that will feel and look as current and relevant in 20 years as they do today. Humanscale believes everything the company creates—from its factories to its products—must be self-sustaining and make a positive contribution. 

Bernhardt Design was founded in 1980 by the 128-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company and continues to be a leader and innovator in furniture design and production. During the past 15 years, President Jerry Helling has assembled an extraordinary creative team that has positioned Bernhardt Design as one of the premier international design companies with a focus on supporting future generations of designers.

The event will be held in Bernhardt Design’s flagship NY showroom at 136 Madison Avenue. Consisting of white monochromatic tones with natural light throughout the perimeter, the expansive 20,000 sqft. space provides a blank canvas to a focus on the furniture displayed in a gallery setting.

Design for Good :: SF Book Launch

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:30pm PDT

David Baker Architects
461 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
United States

DESCRIPTION

Join David Baker Architects for the San Francisco launch of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone—author John Cary’s new book focused on the dignifying power of design.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Design for Good is premised on the belief that everyone deserves good design. This isn’t just another book for and about designers; it’s a book about the lives we lead, inextricably shaped by the spaces and places we inhabit. 

With a foreword by Melinda Gates, the book showcases 20 diverse building projects from across the country and around the world. Brought to life with stunning photography, each project narrative is based on extensive interviews with clients, users, and designers.

Published by Island Press and designed by Pentagram, the book is available in both paperback and hardcover. It will be available for purchase and signing at the event by a local independent bookseller. 

“This book matters deeply to a field searching for its highest calling and to a world in need of our best efforts.”
Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO, and author, Change by Design

“A visual testament to the fact that every human being has the right to live a healthy, dignified life.”
Barbara Bush, Co-founder & CEO, Global Health Corps

"A compelling and fresh argument that architects have an opportunity to not just build buildings, but build dignity.” 
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

 

EVENING SCHEDULE

5:30-6:30pm: Welcome and drinks

6:30-7pm: Author remarks

7-8:30pm: Book signing and reception

 

ABOUT THE HOST

David Baker Architects is a progressive architecture firm located in San Francisco and Oakland that creates acclaimed buildings in urban environments. Like many of the projects in Design for Good, including the firm's Lakeside Senior Apartments, DBA has a passion for and deep understanding of the power of humane and respectful environments to transform neighborhoods and elevate the lives of individuals and families. 

Design for Good :: Chicago Book Launch

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:30pm CDT

Archeworks
625 N. Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60654
United States

DESCRIPTION

Join Archeworks and Humanscale + Bernhardt for the Chicago launch of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone—author John Cary’s new book, focused on the dignifying power of design.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

With a foreword by Melinda Gates, the book showcases 20 diverse building projects from across the country and around the world. Brought to life with stunning photography, Cary’s profiles are based on extensive interviews with clients, users, and designers, including the likes of Chicago-based Studio Gang. Designed by Pentagram and published by Island Press, the book is available in both paperback and hardcover, and will be for sale at the event. 

“This book matters deeply to a field searching for its highest calling and to a world in need of our best efforts.”
Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO, and author, Change by Design

“A visual testament to the fact that every human being has the right to live a healthy, dignified life.”
Barbara Bush, Co-founder & CEO, Global Health Corps

"A compelling and fresh argument that architects have an opportunity to not just build buildings, but build dignity.” 
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

 

EVENING SCHEDULE

5:30-6:30pm: Welcome and refreshments

6:30-7pm: Author remarks

7-8:30pm: Book signing and networking

 

ABOUT THE HOSTS

Humanscale believes that the best designs are based on purpose and function. Simplicity and ease of use are at the heart of functionality; a product's form should flow from its function, resulting in products that will feel and look as current and relevant in 20 years as they do today. Humanscale believes everything the company creates—from its factories to its products—must be self-sustaining and make a positive contribution. 

Bernhardt Design was founded in 1980 by the 128-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company and continues to be a leader and innovator in furniture design and production. During the past 15 years, President Jerry Helling has assembled an extraordinary creative team that has positioned Bernhardt Design as one of the premier international design companies with a focus on supporting future generations of designers. 

Archeworks is a Chicago-based design lab, educator, and media outlet dedicated to using design as an agent of change in the public interest.