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Designboost 2008: Long Live the City!

Designboost 2008: Long Live the City!
Matthias Weber

We are delighted to be participating in this year’s Designboost conference in Malmö, Sweden, taking place from Oct 15-17. Designboost is a knowledge company that aims to share design knowledge through their different events and publications. Since 2007 David Carlson and Peer Eriksson have been the heads behind the designboost conference. David is also the publisher of David Report, where he regularly compiles a bulletin covering the intersection of design, culture and business life.

Designboost gathers creative thinkers (or Boosters as David and Peer prefer to call them) from all over the world to workshop, lecture and discuss one current theme throughout the 3 day event. Future scientists, artists, brand strategists, companies and organisations all with a connection to design will tackle this year’s theme Long Live the City:

The overall theme this year is “Long Live the City!”, which does not only concern the environmental aspect but also…well, neither questions nor answers are given. There also is no truth. The important thing is to look upon things from new angles and get a push forward, which the word boost implies. When it comes to sustainable design there are probably many things that needs to be questioned, left could very well be right. We will dive into how we build houses, roads and parks. How we consume, live, commute and educate ourselves. How we integrate the social, economicand cultural parts to create a sustainable city – how we create a city for the good life.

While the conference is for Boosters only, there are also a series of lectures open to the public. Speakers include Michael Young, Ilse Crawford and Ilkka Suppanen, architects Jeffrey Inaba, Bjarke Ingels and Gert Wingårdh, trend analysts Jody Turner, Shari Swan and Cay Bond.

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