Designing the Future: Panel Discussions on Technology & Design

June 9, 2007
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Saturday, June 9
10 am – 5 pm

A day of panel discussions exploring how technology and design will influence future lifestyle in various aspects such as home life, mobility, urban planning, architectural advancement, human interaction and recreational activities. Participants include Kohei Nishiyama, an inventor of Design to Order (DTO) system; industrial designer Fumie Shibata; former Pininfarina Creative Director Ken Okuyama; humanoid robot designer Tatsuya Matsui; architect Hitoshi Abe; robot creators Tomotaka Takahashi and Takanori Shibata; WIRED magazine Senior Editor Nicholas Thompson; Christopher Mount, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Parsons the New School; Architectural Record Deputy Editor in Chief Clifford Pearson; and NY1 Technology Reporter Adam Balkin.

See the complete agenda.

Tickets (this program only): $65/$60 members/$35 students. Purchase tickets online below or call the Box Office at (212) 715-1258.


Tickets for Designing the Future: Japan’s Tech Revolution

Purchase the full symposium pass or the 6/8-9 pass here.

6/8 & 9 Entire symposium: $90/$75 members/$45 students. 
6/8 Keynote & concert, and 6/9 symposium: $80/$70 members/$40 students.
6/8 Panel discussion only: $15/$10 members/$8 students
6/8 Keynote address & concert only: $20/$15 members/$10 students
6/9 Saturday symposium only: $65/$60 members/$35 students

Japan Society Corporate members receive a special discount for the June 8 panel discussion. Please contact Tomoko Okuno at [email protected] or (212) 715-1247 for details.

10:00 am
Opening Remarks

10:10 -11:40 am
Panel: Future of Lifestyle with Design (home life)
Kohei Nishiyama, CEO and founder, Elephant Design
Fumie Shibata, Representative Director, Design Studio S
Nicholas Thompson, Senior Editor, WIRED Magazine

11:40 am – 12:30 pm     
Lecture: New Mode of Mobility
Ken Okuyama, CEO, Ken Okuyama Design
Christopher Mount, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Parsons the New School

12:30 – 2:00 pm

2:00 – 3:30 pm
Panel: Future of Our Society (architectural advancement, urban planning, future society with technology)
Hitoshi Abe, Principal, Atelier Hitoshi Abe
Tatsuya Matsui, Flower Robotics
Clifford Pearson, Deputy Editor in Chief, Architectural Record

3:30 – 5:00 pm
Panel: Future of Interaction (entertainment, robotics)Panelists:
Takanori Shibata, Senior Research Scientist, Ubiquitous Functions Research Group, Intelligent Systems Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology & SORST, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Tomotaka Takahashi, Robo-Garage
Adam Balkin, Technology Reporter, NY1

5:00 pm


  • June 9, 2007 – June 9, 2007