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live talk: power of place

Architecture and design enthusiasts, mark your calendars for a live panel discussion on May 20th, 2024, during NYCxDesign 2024. From an NYC rooftop overlooking the iconic Chrysler building and Fifth Avenue below, architect Pascale Sablan, artist Roy Nachum, and audio designer Christian Schluender will discuss the ‘Power of Place’ followed by a live DJ set and cocktail party.

The talk will be moderated by designboom senior editor Kat Barandy, and hosted by iF Design, host of the prestigious international design award which just last year opened its first US office in New York City. Among New York Design Week’s packed schedule of exhibitions and installation openings (see designboom’s event guide here), this talk is a must-attend for those interested in how design shapes our experience of the world. ‘Power of Place’ will be held at the NYC headquarters of design agency HARMAN / Huemen. While invitations are required to attend the talk in-person, viewers are invited to tune in to watch the live-stream through this article.

dateMay 20th, 2024

time: 6:00 – 7:00pm EST

address: HARMAN / Huemen, 19 W. 44th Street, 18th floor rooftop

illustration by Hara Nika

the panelists

Co-hosted by iF Design and designboom during NYCxDesign 2024, the Power of Place live panel will include a diverse mix of design voices for a cross-disciplinary, multifaceted perspective.

Pascale Sablan is an architect and activist recognized for her contributions to the field of architecture and her advocacy for diversity and inclusion within it. As the Global President of NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) and founder of Beyond the Built Environment, Sablan promote the visibility and success of underrepresented minorities in the industry, aiming toward a more inclusive and equitable industry. Her work encompasses architectural design as the CEO of Adjaye Associates New York Studio, and further extends to mentorship programs established to inspire the next generation of diverse architects.

Roy Nachum is a New York-based artist known for his trans-disciplinary practice spanning sculpture, painting, and digital installation. He is the founder of digital art studio RM Labs, and had this year opened Mercer Labs, an immersive museum of art and technology at 21 Dey Street in New York City. The artwork in the new museum activates all five senses across fifteen otherworldly rooms and 36,000 square feet.

Christian Schluender is an industrial designer and Senior VP and General Manager of Global Design at HARMAN International and Huemen Design. He is celebrated for his cutting-edge approach to product development and his commitment to sustainable design practices. Schluender integrates technology and experience-centric principles into his practice with an eye for design. From sleek consumer electronics to eco-friendly household goods, his work reflects a dedication to both form and function to shape the way we interact with the world around us.