San Francisco Design Week 2020
The fourteenth-annual regional design fair is going virtual, featuring a program filled with speakers, webinars, web-based conferences, and virtual tours from designers in disciplines such as branding, architecture, fashion, and interior design. Expect inspiration, ideas, and creative solutions on surviving in a post-pandemic environment from more than 150 design firms in the Bay Area and the West Coast—all under this year’s theme of “Intentional Distortions.” Other highlights include keynote speakers Alana Washington, Senior Design Program Manager at Uber Freight, and Yves Behar, Founder and CEO of fuseproject. (June 15–25, times vary; $39 all-access pass)
The Architecture & Design Film Festival has partnered with perennial design industry trade show NeoCon to present four nights worth of architecture- and design-themed films, complete with Q&A sessions with directors and special introductions from notable names such as Mario Botta and Todd Saunders. On tap: director Francesca Molteni’s SuperDesign: Italian Radical Design 1965-75; Strange and Familiar: Architecture On Fogo Island; Mario Botta: The Space Beyond; and Charlotte Perriand, Pioneer in the Art of Living. (June 14–June 17; 8 p.m. EST livestream, 8 p.m. PST replay, $3)
Re/Frame: Order & Chaos
Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery hosts a recurring, interactive online session with its Associate Curator of Collections, Ann Poulson, that takes an in-depth look at objects within its permanent collection. Explore works that are rarely on view to the public that play with the duality and intrinsic connection between order and chaos. (Thursday, June 18; 12–1 p.m. and 6:30–7:30 p.m.; free)
Biodesign Challenge Summit 2020
This international competition partners high school and university students with artists, designers, and scientists to create projects that will shape the future of biotechnology. In its final chapter, watch as forty-five finalist teams—chosen from more than 500 students from twelve countries—present their projects virtually to a panel of judges, which will award one winner the Glass Microbe trophy. (June 15–June 19; times vary, free)
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