Last night, VW and Slate.com hosted a night of design discussion at the New York Museum of Art & Design. On the panel were Paula Scher- Graphic Designer and Parter at Pentagram, Ahmad Sardar-Afkhami- Architect, and Jonathan Adler– Furniture Designer. The discussion centered around how design is being affected by and adapting to today’s challenges.

Paula Scher who is the first professional graphic designer to have a seat on the New York City Arts Commission talked about the challenges to designing parks in NYC. Although the Arts Commission does review city parks that receive public funding, Scher said there is no centralized process to applying budget money. In essence each public space is treated as a one off expenditure. Scher commented that you can find many examples in the city where a public space on one side of the street will have granite curbs while across the street, concrete.

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