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Design for Life

Part of World on the Brink

Hear a panel of architects, designers and authors discuss the Nordic approach to designing and living a good life.

From cutting edge design, to a more equal approach to childcare, the Nordic countries are renowned for taking a balanced view on life.

In this discussion, we delve into what we can learn from the way they design their lives, and how much this reflects the realities of messy human lives.

Speakers include:

- Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir is an Icelandic prize-winning novelist, playwright and poet. She is the author of five novels, a collection of poetry and four plays. Auður Ava’s novels have been translated into over 20 languages and among them are The Greenhouse, Butterflies in November and Hotel Silence (expected in February 2018) which won the Icelandic Literary Prize in 2016.

- Onny Eikhaug is a Programme Leader at Design and Architecture Norway, responsible for the organisation’s activities in the field of people-centred, inclusive design. She is also responsible for the Centre's government-funded Innovation for All programme promoting inclusive design to business and public sector as an effective strategy for innovation. She writes, publishes, and lectures both in Norway and internationally, curates exhibitions and works closely with designers, education, research institutions, industry and government. She is responsible for the book Innovating with people – The Business of Inclusive Design, distributed worldwide as a design school curriculum and the platform for the Executive Education in Inclusive Design concept. She has broad experience in international business management, marketing, sales, innovation, product development and design management and holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

- Susan Jayne Carruth is an architect and researcher, originally from Scotland and based in Copenhagen where she works for White Arkitekter, a multidisciplinary studio networked across Scandinavia and northern Europe with a strong focus on sustainability, innovation and democratic space. Susan’s role in the practice bridges between practice and research, working with live projects as research case studies to produce evidence-based, transferable knowledge. Her research portfolio concentrates on the importance of place and culture in sustainable development discourses, including her PhD, which explored the intersection between ‘green’ infrastructure and social sustainability in Greenland, and an ongoing pan-Nordic collaboration investigating resilient tourism and transport in Iceland.

Chaired by Wendy Jones, novelist and author of numerous books.

Part of Nordic Matters

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Royal Festival Hall
St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side


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