Watch the second session of DesignMarch's talks exploring how design can dismantle cultural barriers


Dezeen has teamed up with DesignMarch to livestream a day of talks exploring the role of architecture and design in addressing global imbalances. Watch the second session here from midday uk time.

DesignTalks is a programme of live talks that take place at the Henning Larsen Architects-designed Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavík, Iceland.

The second session, which will be streamed from here from midday uk time, will examine how design can break down cultural barriers and what steps architects and designers can take to build more inclusive environments for communities.

Featured speakers include fashion designer and founder of ready-to-wear brand Ervin Latimmier. Joining Latimmier on the panel will be art director Lisa Lapauw, photographer Mous Lambrat, as well as Birta Rós Brynjólfsdóttir and Hrefna Sigurðardóttir, co-founders of design studio Flétta.

Portrait of Flétta's co-founders Birta Rós Brynjólfsdóttir and Hrefna SigurðardóttirPortrait of Flétta's co-founders Birta Rós Brynjólfsdóttir and Hrefna Sigurðardóttir
Flétta’s co-founders will speak on dismantling cultural barriers and stereotypes

The series of talks will take place throughout the day on 24 April 2024 and is split into four themed talks, which will be livestreamed in three sessions on Dezeen.

The first session was livestreamed earlier on Dezeen and focused on architecture’s role in empowering communities and shaping alternative futures.

Featured speakers included founding principal and co-executive director of MASS Design Group Alan Ricks and visual artist Rán Flygenring.

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Interior architect Robert Thiemann will discuss how to build more inclusive community environments in the afternoon session

Later in the afternoon, the third session will explore the design of movement and the “otherworld” through mediums such as choreography, fashion and queer culture, while the final part of the session will examine how designers and architects can design for the human senses and its responses.

The conversations will feature contributions from choreographer and playwright Sigríður Soffía Níelsdóttir, visual artists James Merry, interior architect and former editor of Frame magazine Robert Thiemann, Atelier NL co-founder Lonny van Ryswyck, as well as Bompas & Parr co-founder Harry Parr.

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Visual artist James Merry will examine the design of movement during the talk

The day will conclude with the official opening ceremony of the 16th edition of DesignMarch festival, Iceland’s largest design fair.

Curated by Hlin Helga Guðlaugsdóttir, the festival brings together discussions, exhibitions and shows spanning architecture, fashion, interiors and graphic design.

The full lineup of talks and more information about the festival can be found here. Tickets to the design fair can be purchased via this link.

DesignMarch takes place from 24 to 28 April 2024 in Reykjavík, Iceland. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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