The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Presenting Terry Irwin: Transition Design-Design for Systems-Level Change

Presenting Terry Irwin: Transition Design-Design for Systems-Level Change

Presenting Terry Irwin
Professor and Head of the School of Design,
Carnegie Mellon

Monday, November 6 at 5PM
Bailey Gallery

Transition Design: Design for Systems-Level Change

In this lecture, Terry Irwin will introduce Transition Design, a new area of design study, practice and research that calls for societal transitions toward more sustainable futures. In just a few years Transition Design has become a global conversation among design educators, researchers and practitioners that comprises a network of universities in South America, Europe, North America and Australia. The emerging Transition Design process is aimed at seeding and catalyzing systems-level change and addressing complex ‘wicked’ problems such as crime, water security, lack of access to affordable housing, loss of biodiversity and many more. In this lecture Terry will introduce the process being used with the city of Ojai, California to frame their water shortage due to extreme drought as a Transition Design problem. The lecture will conclude with an invitation to educators at the University of Utah to join the conversation and efforts to constitute this new, transdisciplinary area of design focus.