VDF collaborates with The World Around to host symposium for Earth Day

Lynne M. Centeno

To mark Earth Day, VDF collaborated with The World Around to host a series of talks, interviews, short films and essays exploring ideas that could “shape the future of our relationship with the planet”.

Today’s programme features designers Nelly Ben Hayoun and Thomas Thwaites and architects Kunlé Adeyemi, Cameron Sinclair and London studio Cooking Sections, whose Climavore installation is pictured above, plus curator Aric Chen and more. See the schedule below for timings.

Curated by Beatrice Galilee of The World Around in partnership with Facebook’s Artist in Residence programme, the Earth Day 2020 symposium will feature over twenty leading figures working on environmental issues around the world.

The World Around curator Beatrice Galilee
Beatrice Galilee curated The World Around Earth Day 2020 symposium

It takes place on the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day on 22 April 1970, which saw 20 million people in the USA demonstrate against the damage human activity causes the natural

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Aric Chen and Thomas Thwaites feature in The World Around symposium

Lynne M. Centeno

Curator Aric Chen and designer Thomas Thwaites discuss their work in the second part of our Virtual Design Festival collaboration with The World Around, which also features short films by Kalyanee Mam and Apichatpong Weerasthakul.

The World Around’s Earth Day 2020 symposium, which we are broadcasting today as part of Virtual Design Festival, features talks, presentations, films and essays by over twenty visionaries at the forefront of ecological design.

The second session starts with a conversation between Malika Leiper and filmmaker Mam, who will screen her short film Lost World. Set in Cambodia, it tells the story of land being sold and exported from under her feet.

Still from Lost World film by Kalyanee Mam
Kalyanee Mam screens her short film Lost World

This is followed by a conversation between Mariana Pestana, curator of the 2020 Istanbul Design Biennial, and Alessandra Covini and Giovanni Bellotti of Rotterdam-based Studio Ossidiana, who will discuss their work

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Cameron Sinclair and Facebook’s Margaret Stewart feature in the third instalment of The World Around symposium

Lynne M. Centeno

Architect Cameron Sinclair and vegan fashion designer Mats Rombaut are joined by Facebook’s director of product design Margaret Stewart in the third part of our Virtual Design Festival collaboration with The World Around for Earth Day.

The World Around’s Earth Day 2020 symposium, which we are broadcasting today as part of Virtual Design Festival, features talks, presentations, films and essays by over twenty visionaries at the forefront of ecological design.

​Jupe flat-packed care units could bolster hospitals in coronavirus pandemic
Cameron Sinclair will present Jupe during the symposium

The third session starts with Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, a charity that aimed to create architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis around the world. Sinclair presents his new project Jupe, flat-pack intensive care units designed to bolster hospitals impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

This is followed by a conversation between Karen van Godtsenhoven, curator at the Met museum in New York’s Costume Institute, and Mats Rombaut, founder

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