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Increasingly the practice of design requires the understanding and implementation of cutting edge tools for collaboration, design and making. Taylor X brings to Calgary leading designers, thinkers and makers across scales to discuss the ways in which research is informing contemporary critical practice. Speakers will discuss models of practice that integrate computational tools for the design and fabrication of projects that span scales and typologies. Over 4 days of roundtable discussions, workshops and lectures participants will engage in a lively discussion about the nature of contemporary design practice. Lecturers will present their work in the fields of Architecture, Public Art and Making and engage in a conversation about the importance of research and development in their work.

The Taylor X Symposium celebrates 10 years of the Taylor Seminar Block Course at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS). Each year EVDS brings emerging designers in the fields of digital fabrication, design and computation in architecture to Calgary to explore design research proposals and prototypes with a group of students.

This year the Faculty of Environmental Design and the Laboratory for Integrative Design are bringing back to Calgary past Taylor Lecturers for a week of lectures and discussions about the design research and making in contemporary practice. Taylor X brings together award winning architects, artists and makers to explore how innovation and research can inform design practices across scales.

This event is being supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking.

Faculty of Environmental Design | Professional Faculties Building 2800 University Way NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 |Contact: labforintegrativedesign@gmail.com