Design and its Critics

  • March 20, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • RSA

Free entry. Ticket booking required (here:


Please do not RSVP "Yes" to this event unless you get a ticket.


"What can design teach us about the modern world? For Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, design is an essential tool to help understand the world around us, and to make it a better place to live. He believes that without better design, better use of scarce resources, and more innovation, the future won’t work.

He visits the RSA to discuss how critical design can assist in making sense of the political, cultural, economic, and personal, and offers a revealing and highly personal inside view of popular culture."

Chair: Sevra Davis is the Manager of the RSA Student Design Awards and Associate Director of Design at the RSA.

This event takes place at 13h00. Let's meet outside once it finishes. I'll be carrying a Meetup sign so that you can find me more easily.

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  • peter b.

    Interesting to hear Deyan Sudjic speak, particularly in such an intimate theatre setting. There was more than a little of a 'book promotion' aspect to the event, but enjoyable and interesting nevertheless, although somewhat shorter than anticipated. A decent time spent on answering questions afterwards, although I did come away with the impression that the actual answers somehow managed to be formulated from the book's content, rather than more directly. Clever, - or opportunistic?

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Cátia

      Almost every event I've attended at the RSA has culminated in a book sale - so in that respect the format doesn't tend to vary that much. I do like the idea that if I'm interested in a particular talk I can deepen my understanding by reading the corresponding book, but the promotional aspect tends to somewhat cheapen the experience.

      March 21, 2014

  • Rakesh K. M.

    I am on the waiting list. By the way, I heard this brilliant programme broadcast from CERN about science film festival. Worth listening to....

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • peter b.

    I'd been considering if the 'gatecrashing' technique might work in this situation. So I shall see if I can give it a go. Thanks for the tip.

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • peter b.

    Don't forget to advise the RSA organisers. Some of us are still on their Wait List for seats.

    March 18, 2014

    • Cátia

      Hi, Peter. I've been to quite a few events at the RSA and what is custom to be done is that people who didn't get tickets can queue at the door and when the event is about to start they fill the seats left empty by the no-shows. It's not guaranteed, but it usually works, specially at lunch time, when fewer people attend the events. So, if you have availability to be there ten minutes before the event, it's worth a go - even if you don't get a ticket in the meantime.

      March 18, 2014

  • Annmarievolpi

    Sorry I cant make it after all .

    March 17, 2014

    • Cátia

      That's fine. Thank you for updating your RSVP :)

      March 17, 2014

  • peter b.

    On the wait list.

    March 7, 2014

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