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Thanks to parametric design and digital fabrication it is now possible to mass produce non-standard, highly differentiated products – from shoes and tableware to furniture and now even houses. Variety no longer compromises the efficiency and economy of production. Furthermore, parametric definitions of products’ geometry are made accessible via interactive websites to anyone who could then design their own, unique versions of the product.

Such democratization of design – through mass-customization – raises many interesting questions such as the authorship of design and the functional and aesthetic quality of products (shoes, tableware, furniture, houses…) designed by non-designers. This symposium explores social, cultural, and design implications of this emerging design democracy, including its technological origins.


Philippe Starck / Starck, Paris, France

Chris Sharples / SHoP, New York, USA

Fabio Gramazio & Matthias Kohler / ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

Joseph Tanney & Robert Luntz / Resolution: 4 Architecture, New York, USA

Frank Piller / RTWH Aachen, Germany

John Brown / University of Calgary, Canada

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY, New York, USA

Karl Daubmann / University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Joseph Pine / Strategic Horizons, Aurora, OH, USA

Thomas Fisher / University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Greg Lynn / GLForm, Los Angeles, USA

Kent Larson / MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA

Tim Simpson / Penn State, State College, USA

Tom Verebes / OCEAN CN, Hong Kong, China

Assa Ashuach / Assa Ashuach Studio, London, UK


Jose Duarte / Penn State University, State College, PA, USA

Branko Kolarevic / University of Calgary, Canada


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