With DIY, community activism, global warming, and dwindling resources on the rise, has our definition of good design changed? Do we have a collective idea of what good design is? Who is it by? Is it socially aware? What role do aesthetics play? Is it sustainably-minded?

Join Michael Burtt (PARC), Luigi Ferrara (Institute without Boundaries), Michael Prokopow (OCAD) and moderator Elise Hodson (Institute without Boundaries) as they address these questions and more during the ‘What is good design?’ panel discussion on Saturday September 25th at 11am on the second floor.

Where do you stand? What is good design?

Michael Burtt

Michael Burtt has been telling, listening and facilitating the telling of stories as a community based artist and media worker for over twenty years. He has hosted community radio programs, contributed a weekly column for Echo Magazine in Guelph, has worked as a community organizer and has led workshops, discussions, university lectures and retreats.

Over the past three years, he has brought his skills in group facilitation, cultural production, and love of stories into the field of Community Arts. He has been both an intern then a coordinator for the Jumblies Arts4All Essentials Workshops and continues to be very involved in various Jumblies projects. He has worked with MABELLEarts coordinating The Memory Project with seniors, an associate artist with the kids art project Lantern Garden, and as outreach coordinator. He is the artistic director of Making Room, a project that integrates intentional silence and art-making. In that capacity, for the past two years, Michael has been leading writing and art-making workshops. Michael is an associate artist working with Painting our Stories Community Mural Project. He is also currently a candidate in the Master’s of Environmental Studies Program at York University, focusing on community arts and the sacred of everyday life.

Luigi Ferrara

Luigi Ferrara is the Director of the School of Design and the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College in Canada. His previous accomplishments include his time with the International Council of the Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) where he served as an Executive Board Member from 1997-2003, and then as President in 2003-05, after which he assumed the role of an ICSID Senator. Registered Architect with seal (member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada). He was also the President and CEO of DXNet Inc. between 1999-2002. Executive Director of ICSID ‘97: Humane Village Congress. Founding Director of the Architectural Literacy Forum (ALF). Honorary Member of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACID O). In addition to his roles as architect, designer, entrepreneur, educator and lecturer, Luigi has curated exhibitions and authored books and catalogues.

Michael Prokopow

Michael Prokopow holds a PhD in history from Harvard. His areas of specialty include North American material culture, architectural and design history, critical theory and aesthetics. Currently he is a faculty member at OCAD teaching in the MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice. Between 2003 and 2007 he served as the curator at the Design Exchange, Canada’s only museum dedicated to the documentation, conservation and study of post-1945 Canadian industrial design.

Elise Hodson

Elise is a PhD student in Communications & Culture at York University, with masters degrees in museum studies and design history. Elise worked for eight years at the Design Exchange, where she was Coordinator of Education Programs, Director of Exhibitions and Associate Curator. More recently, Elise was the Program Coordinator at the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College, where she continues to be involved in exhibition projects and their program for interdisciplinary design strategy.