7th International Workshop on the Design & Semantics of Form & Movement. 18-20 April 2012


DeSForM2012: MEANING. MATTER. MAKING featured on The Big Idea and Sciblogs

Two enthusiastic commentaries following the successful conclusion of the DeSForM2012 conference have been posted online via Sciblogs and The Big idea.

Aimee Whitcroft posted DeSForM – The most inspiring thing I’ve seen in years  on Sciblog on April 24. Sciblogs mission is to bring together “the best science bloggers in the country on one website, creating a hub for scientific analysis and discussion and facilitating reader interaction…….on the big science-related issues facing society”.

Helen Baxter’s wrap up column DeSForM Design Delights was featured as lead story at the Big Idea on 26 April. The Big Idea|Te Aria Nui  is dedicated to growing capability and expertise in the creative sector by communicating trends and facilitating networks across all segments of New Zealand’s creative community.

Both commentaries include a wealth of links to other aspects of DeSForM and the creative community.


Wellington in 2040. Read tomorrow’s headlines today!

According to the Capital Chronicle 2040 the city faces a colourful and contentious future.  Read all about the world’s first microorganism assisted cross-harbour Hydrothon, biomineralised buildings blooming in the harbour, the latest on the coolest conceptual spaces of the year or Philip Beesley’s Vesica epidemic.  Download your copy of the Capital Chronicle 2040 now!

The Capital Chronicle 2040 featured at the opening of the Hylozoic Series:Vesica at the City Gallery on April 18. VUW School of Design Senior Lecturer Ross Stevens reflected on Philip Beesley’s eloquent keynote presentation and its relevance to the future of Wellington. To make his point Stevens called on scenarios from the School’s Design Led Futures programme, which were developed in collaboration with the Wellington City Council’s Wellington 2040 initiative. The collaboration challenged students to imagine how Wellington would look, sound, smell, feel, and work 30 years hence, and inspired the first edition of the Capital Chronicle.  The second edition of the Capital Chronicle 2040 builds on the previous students’ work.

DeSForM Keynotes now on Vimeo

The recordings of the keynote speeches from DeSForM 2012 by Philip Beesley (Professor in the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo and  principal of the Toronto design collective PBAI), Ross Stevens (Senior Lecture in the School of Design, Victoria University) and Neil Leach (Professor in the School of Architecture, University of Southern California) are now online on Vimeo.

DeSForM 2012: Philip Beesley Diffusive Form and Near‐Living Environments


DeSForM 2012: Ross Stevens: Design Led Futures and Wellington 2040


DeSForM 2012: Neil Leach: Desiring Machines

Hylozoic Series: Vesica – Philip Beesley

Hylozoic Series: Vesica – Philip Beesley Date: 19 April – 10 June 2012 Time: 10.00 am Venue: City Gallery Wellington

Hylozoic Series: Vesica. Premier of Philip Beesley’s Work in New Zealand in collaboration with the School of Design and City Gallery Wellington.

Philip Beesley’s Vesica installation at the City Gallery and the DeSForM conference makes it on to the Dominion Post. Click “Read more” for a link to the article. Image from (c) ROSS GIBLIN/FAIRFAX NZ”

We are very pleased to announce the premier exhibition of work by the internationally renowned artist and architect Philip Beesley in New Zealand. Vesica will be exhibited at Wellington’s City Gallery beginning 18 April 2012 to coincide with the DeSForM 2012 Conference: Meaning Matter Making which was hosted by the School of Design 18-20 April 2012. Download the flyer here.

Hylozoic Series Vesica