Design get White House attention

Today, the National Design Awards is holding a Design in D.C. day, with top level participation from the Obama Administration. About time — maybe next we can get them to focus on “design thinking” as well.
The session are at 10:00 am this morning and are being webcast live:
Details: Materials and their Effects
Francisco Costa (Fashion Design) and Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown (Interior Design) will discuss the role of material in their work, while sharing their visions, projects and inspirations with Ebs Burnough, White House deputy social secretary.
Community: Transform your Neighborhood
Neill McG. Coleman, general deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will discuss how design can be used as a tool to create a sense of community with Christopher Sharples, Coren Sharples and Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects (Architecture Design) and Walter Hood (Landscape Design).
Information: Interpreting the Present and the Past
Anita Dunn, White House acting communications director, will discuss the relationship between current events and the design process with Boym Partners (Product Design) and The New York Times Graphics Department (Communication Design).
Experience: The Future of Interaction Design
Aneesh Chopra, U.S. chief technology officer, will discuss the future of interaction design with Jeff Han of Perceptive Pixel Inc. (Interaction Design) and Andrew Blauvelt of Walker Art Center (Corporate and Institutional Achievement).
Tomorrow: The Future of Technology and Sustainability
John Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, will discuss the future of technology and sustainability with Amory Lovins (Design Mind) and Bill Moggridge (Lifetime Achievement).

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