The 2012 D-Crit Conference, featuring graduating students of the SVA MFA in Design Criticism and moderated by NPR’s “The Takeaway” host John Hockenberry, took place on May 11th, 2012 at the Visual Arts Theatre in New York City. We partnered with them for the coffee breaks and participated with a couple of kegs of our cold-brew Pure Black, which they served over ice throughout the day.  Everyone seemed to have enjoyed it as you can see from the photos. Pure Black cups are in everyone’s hands!








Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, delivered the keynote lecture, launching an afternoon of rich, polyphonic exchange between the D-Crit Class of 2013 and a headlining roster of design curators, practitioners, theorists, critics, educators and planners. D-Crit students presented their thesis research in counterpoint with: Walker Arts Center curator of Architecture and Design Andrew Blauvelt; British interaction design firm Dunne & Raby co-founder Fiona Raby; architect and theorist Mark Foster Gage; director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City Toni Griffin; and architect and activist Michael Sorkin.

Topics addressed included: the persistence of segregation in today’s built environment; the problems inherent in exhibiting graphic design; the spectacular framing of nature in the urban environment; product design’s social and participatory dimension; and how some emerging architects are using literal representation in new ways.

For more information, you can go here.

You can also follow them on twitter @dcritconference.

More photos from the event by Michael George.

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