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March 4, 2016



Headley exhibits 'thinkFast' in Seaton Hall Chang Gallery

By Thom Jackson

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design presents the exhbit "thinkFAST" in the Chang Gallery of Seaton Hall. The exhibition is open and free to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday until March 18. The exhibit was curated by Dustin Headley, assistant professor in the interior architecture & product design department.

"ThinkFAST" is an interdisciplinary collection has been exhibited at two distinguished academic venues — Ball State University in Indiana and the School of Design Strategies at Parsons in New York City — in the 2015-2016 academic year and is now being presenting at Kansas State University.

After an international call for submissions invited work for curatorial review from across several areas disciplinary focus, 28 pieces were selected from more than 200 submissions for the show and its forthcoming publication. The exhibition showcases and collectively deconstructs all stages of the conceptual design process, with sketches and built works by students, early-career practitioners and such well-established designers as James Corner, Chris Reed and Michael Van Valkenburgh.

From rough to more resolved, the show traces layers of the designer's investment as an idea first becomes visible both through traditional as well as more contemporary imaging methods. Through a careful arrangement that integrates analog, digital and mixed media works, the exhibition highlights differences between diverse techniques and triggers debate between design, representation and technology. Taken together, the exhibition's visual investigation of the conceptual design process serves as a pedagogical tool of experiential learning for aspiring designers and seasoned professionals alike.

By bridging creative disciplines, including art, architecture, landscape architecture and product design, the exhibition reveals meaning in the seemingly effortless and often-accidental discoveries that grow out of conceptual visual thinking.

Contributors to this exhibit include Bradley Cantrell, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Howeler and Yoon Architecture, Boston, Massachusetts; Igor Siddiqui, ISSSStudio, University of Texas, Austin; James Corner Field Operations, New York City; Michael van Valkenburgh, Cambridge Business Institute, New York City; Perry Kulper, University of Michigan; Richard Caldicott, London; Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston.

Refereed contributors include Adam Anderson, RISD; Andrew Boyd and Tyler Mohr, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Andrew Wit, Temple University; ATLASlab, New York City; Christian Jordan, Studio VICE, Pennsylvania; Dane Carlson, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Eric Lawler, BSU; James Kerestes, BSU; Javi Suarez, Sarasota, Florida; Joseph Bilello, BSU; Joseph Ragsdale, California Polytechnic State University; Justine Holzman, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Kevin Klinger, BSU; Miguel San Miguel, Los Angeles, California; Olivia Booth, California; Rennie Tang, California State Polytechnic University; Sarah Schmidt, Drexel Philadelphia; Steven Putt and Daniel Eisinger, BSU; Weaam Al Abdullah, Rachel Bedet and Alexander Cassini, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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