Last November, the Architecture Boston Exhibit, a major event in the world of architecture organized by the Boston Society of Architects, was held in Boston, MA, USA. How should questions of use and space be coordinated? How can design be used in sustainable cities? How should these questions be taught? These are the kind of subjects which speakers from around the world tried to address. Among them was Florent Orsoni, Director of the Sustainable Cities Laboratory at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.
The acceptance of sustainable cities by the users and the role played by design represent an emerging global issue. How can we create spaces which meet the users’ real needs? What are the constraints? What are the opportunities? These were just some of the questions addressed at this international gathering.
Florent Orsoni was invited to share his experience, and participated in two conferences at this major architecture event. At the first conference on the theme of heritage conservation and inclusive design, the Director of the Sustainable Cities Laboratory presented the projects carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Communication on accessibility matters in old listed buildings. Then, in a conference on how to teach socially sustainable design, he talked about the school’s working methods and presented the work completed by students in Mutations of the Built Environment during a workshop on "The ideal street".
The debate continued on the fringe of the ABX conferences, when Florent Orsoni discussed his experiences with the Institute for Human Centered Design. L’École de design’s Sustainable Cities laboratory and the American Institute, who worked collaboratively on the ABX conference, are keen to set up a partnership. This promising partnership would offer new opportunities for cross-searches on requirements for user expertise and the design of spaces, products or interfaces adapted to the user.
As a result of these discussions, Florent Orsoni was invited by Myoung Joo Chun, director of the international Master’s Degree in Design at Endicott College, a private American university, to help judge a presentation of student projects.