Golden Pin 2018: Global Influencers Say Sustainable Design Is Key to Success

At Taiwan’s annual Golden Pin Design Award forum, four renowned designers offered a checklist for using design to build sustainable societies.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/12/07
By: Kate Nicholson

Credit: Taiwan Design Center

Each year since 2014, Taiwan’s premier design competition, the Golden Pin Design Award, has invited a handful of top international designers to Taiwan to participate as jury members in the competition’s final selection process, and to share their knowledge with local audiences in the annual Golden Pin forum.

This year, in late November, speakers and audience members alike eagerly gathered under the industrial roof beams of a performance hall in Taipei’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

Taking the stage in 2018: Dutch designer and visionary Ad van Berlo; Kashiwa Sato, Creative Director of Japanese design firm SAMURAI Inc.; U.S. based Edmond Bakos, Managing Director and Partner of luxury architecture and interiors firm Champalimaud Design; and Chris Lee, Founder and Creative Director of multidisciplinary studio Asylum in Singapore.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the four invited speakers took disparate approaches to the theme of the event-design and social responsibility. However, underlying currents of similarity pointed to trends of import for today’s design industry: countering today’s culture of disposable building design, the need for more holistic design practices that work across private and public sector, and an openness to collaborate to inspire innovation.

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