The Seaport has quickly transitioned out of winter’s slumber and into a spring awakening! Every corner of the neighborhood is buzzing: restaurants are crowded and sidewalks are busy. What is most exciting is there are so many fascinating events filling up our calendars. From Boston Design Week’s stimulating conversations and District Hall’s career-driven seminars to the Institute for Contemporary Art’s enthralling new exhibit, it’s easy to get swept up in the seasonal transformation.
The fifth annual Boston Design Week kicked off on April 4 with events all around the city, including our well-attended panel, Building Before Building: Augmenting Design With Technology. The 12-day festival is a celebration of Boston’s active and innovative design community, and this year the theme is sustainability. “It’s about raising awareness of sustainable design, of leaving that for the next generation,” says Meaghan Flaherty of BDW. Boston Design Week has recently become a member of World Design Weeks. “We’ve worked closely with design weeks in cities all over the world, including Barcelona, Beijing, and Helsinki. It’s been really exciting for us,” she says.
On Tuesday, April 10 at 11 a.m., Jewett Farms + Co. and Northshore Home will present “Beyond Sustainability: Designing An Heirloom House with Lasting Impact.” Later that evening from 5:30 until 8 p.m., Sean Clarke, President of Clarke/Sub Zero Wolf of New England, will be a panelist for “Opening the Door to Discovery: Cultivating Creativity in B/A/D Companies.” The event will be a conversation with leaders of New England’s residential Builders/Architects/Designers. A panel discussion on LED lighting and its impact on design will take place here at 7 Tide on Wednesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Panelists include Nancy Goldstein of lighting design firm Light Positive; Lana Nathe of lighting design consulting firm Light Insight; and Evelyn Audet of Evelyn Audet Lighting Design.
District Hall is always sparking new ideas. In fact, energizing creatives was the mission behind the world’s first free-standing public innovation center. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the hall has free, public work space, and numerous events happening throughout the year. Have a million-dollar idea? Catch Joe Caruso during his office hours on Wednesday, April 11 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Caruso is a graduate of Harvard Business School and has been a mentor and personal advisor to entrepreneurs and CEOs for over 20 years. Take your networking skills up a notch with “Networking in a Nutshell” on Thursday, April 12, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. This information-packed session hosted by District Hall and BostonSpeaks will help you to master the casual cup of coffee and begin to build your network.
Get “techy” at the Institute of Contemporary Art’s latest exhibit, Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, a comprehensive look at the internet’s influence on how art is made, shared and received; from painting, sculpture, and performance to video and more. The exhibit’s works investigate the extensive effects of the internet on artistic practice and contemporary culture. On April 26, Assistant Curator, Jeff De Blois, will lead a tour through the exhibit and discuss the “Performing the Self” section of Art in the Age of the Internet. De Blois will examine how “online platforms open up possibilities for expression of individual and community identities.” The tour includes works by Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin, Juliana Huxtable, and Cindy Sherman.