The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the AIA Committee on Design leadership voted to cancel the 2021 Denver conference and postpone the international conference to 2022. Next year's conference dates will be posted once available.
Design Impact Vol. 4: Regeneration: Design Strategies for a Resilient Future sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council, examines alternative philosophies, initiatives and design practices within the framework of Regeneration, for a more holistic approach to ensuring a sustainable future. The panel will explore the potential for regenerative practices to shift our cultural, economic, social and ecological drivers for new whole systems design. Regionally driven and specific to the geological, climactic, historical and cultural traditions of place, regenerative initiatives advocate low-impact, healing and high quality lifestyles, integrating modern clean and renewable technologies with indigenous wisdom. They emphasize community building, inclusiveness, and foster a relational perspective with ecosystems that is inspired by a reverence for the wisdom inherent in nature. The event is organized into two panels. The first, "Regeneration: A Paradigm Shift," will introduce the concept of Regenerative Thinking. The second, "Regenerative Design: Systems, Technologies and Strategies" will present diverse tools for practice. Both panels will be followed by a moderated discussion and an audience question and answer session.