[SNEC] News Release for Fifth Design Science Symposium

CJ Fearnley cjf at SynergeticsCollaborative.org
Wed Mar 23 10:33:17 EDT 2016

For Immediate Release:

The Fifth Biennial Design Science Symposium, STEAM Intelligence, will
convene from April 15 – 17, 2016 on the RISD campus. Programming will
take place in the Metcalf Auditorium at the Chace Center (20 N. Main
Street) and at the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab (13 Waterman Street). The
event will feature keynote and plenary speakers, hands-on making
workshops, Share+Tell presentations, an art exhibition, and tours of
the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab and the Arthur Loeb Design Science Teaching

At this highly interactive symposium, makers, thinkers, practitioners
and educators gather to explore the multidisciplinary field of design
science.  This year’s topic is STEAM Intelligence which stands for
multidisciplinary thinking that relies on actively integrating and
applying Science, Technology, Engineering, Art (+Design) and Math. Themes
for the symposium include whole systems thinking, bio design and looking
to and learning from nature (biomimicry).

Keynote speakers include green building strategist Bill Browning, MS;
artist Rebecca Kamen (RISD MFA 78 Sculpture); architect and morphologist
Haresh Lalvani, PhD; and green chemist John Warner, PhD. Schedule details
for the three-day event can be found here: designscience.risd.edu and

STEAM is a movement championed by RISD and widely adopted by many
institutions, corporations and individuals over the last several years. An
acronym for adding the Arts to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
Mathematics), STEAM represents an integrative and multidisciplinary
approach to education that is central to the Symposium.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend hands-on workshops
facilitated by artists, educators, engineers, inventors, designers and
mathematicians. Facilitators include design scientist Joe Clinton, an
associate of the firm Buckminster Fuller, Sadao & Zung; his colleague,
architect Thomas T. K. Zung; and sculptor Stephen Metcalf. Fast-paced
Share+Tell presentations will highlight the diverse works of more than
20 symposium attendees, and special sessions will be dedicated to K-12
STEAM education.

Symposium participants will also co-create a large outdoor inflatable
sculpture with Pneuhaus, a design collective co-founded by Matthew Muller
(BFA 14 Furniture Design) and August Lehrecke (BFA 14 Furniture Design)
that works within the fields of spatial design, temporary structures
and contemporary art.

Participants will enjoy tours of both the Arthur Loeb Design Science
Teaching Collection and RISD’s Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, where the
collection is housed. The Loeb Collection features hundreds of 3D
polyhedra and 2D patterns that inspire students and faculty to examine
nature’s fundamental responses to design problems. The Nature Lab,
with its collection of more than 80,000 natural history objects, books,
visual resources, microscopes and digital workstations, serves as an
invaluable research facility for the RISD community.

Space Weaving, a new exhibition will also be on view. The show will
feature the work of sculptor Dennis Dreher, a colleague of R. Buckminster
Fuller, whose lifetime achievement in design science will be recognized
via the Ed Applewhite Award. The Synergetics Collaborative will also
announce two new award categories, giving special recognition to select
students and young professionals whose work exemplifies “comprehensive
anticipatory design science” principles applied throughout the design
process and solution to design problems. Recipients will be announced
during the symposium.

The Synergetics Collaborative and the Nature Lab have teamed up to
organize this symposium at RISD since 2007. This year, the RISD and Brown
STEAM student groups as well as the RISD Biomimicry Club will participate,
lending their energy, talents and enthusiasm to the event.

The Design Science Symposium is an interdisciplinary educational event
based on the work of mathematicians, scientists, engineers, artists,
architects and designers. It provides a forum for sharing knowledge
between specialized disciplines and recognizing their inherent connections
and increased strength when considered as a whole.

Registration is open now http://designscience.risd.edu. Fees are:
$75 students (RISD students and faculty can register to attend free of charge)
$150 K-12 educators
$225 early bird registration (ONLY UNTIL MARCH 14)
$275 full registration
$295 at-the-door registration
Participating K–12 educators will receive a Certificate of Participation.

About Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international
reputation as the leading college of art and design in the United
States. Approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at
RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in
a choice of 19 studio majors. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty
of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities
and its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning – one in which
critical thinking informs making works by hand. Required courses
in the liberal arts provide an essential complement to studio work,
enabling graduates to become critical and informed individuals eager
to engage with the world. Through the accomplishments of its 26,000
alumni, the college champions the vital role artists and designers
play in satisfying the global demand for innovation. Founded in 1877,
RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum of Art help make
Providence, RI among the most culturally active and creative cities in
the region. For more information, visit www.risd.edu or our.risd.edu.

About The Synergetics Collaborative
The Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization dedicated to bringing together a diverse group of people
with an interest in Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics in face-to-face
workshops, symposia, seminars, pow-wows, and other meetings to educate
and support research and understanding of the many facets of Synergetics,
its methods and principles.

The most important fact about Spaceship Earth:
an instruction manual didn't come with it.
--- R. Buckminster Fuller

CJ Fearnley                         |  Executive Director
cjf at SynergeticsCollaborative.org    |  Synergetics Collaborative
http://SynergeticsCollaborative.org |  "Dare to be Naive" -- Bucky Fuller

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