Friday, April 26, 2013

[POSTPONED] JOSEPH KOSINSKI, Director of Oblivion & Tron: Legacy, will be speaking at Stanford on May 23


Esteemed designers, colleagues and friends,

Due to unexpected events we decided to postpone Joseph Kosinski's lecture to the Fall quarter.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. 
We will notify you as soon as we have the new date, and we hope to see you there.


The Stanford Design Program will be hosting visionary director Joseph Kosinsnki. Joseph's work reflects his unusual background in Design and Architecture.
His last movie, Oblivion, was just released and stars Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. It is a cinematic adaptation of a Science Fiction graphic novel that he co-wrote with Arvid Nelson in which he depicts a post apocalyptic Earth with stunning visuals.
He made his big-screen directorial debut with the 2010 Disney science fiction film Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 film Tron. His previous work has primarily been with CGI related television commercials including the "Starry Night" commercial for Halo 3 and the award-winning "Mad World" commercial for Gears of War.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Liu Lecture with Oakland artist Nemo Gould

Thursday, February 28th, 6pm to 7pm
Stanford University, Building 550

The Stanford Design Program will be hosting inspirational guest lecturer Nemo Gould
Nemo is a fantastic maker artist from Oakland who makes kinetic sculptures out of found materials.

The lecture is free and open to public.

"Artist Nemo Gould (A.K.A. “nemomatic”) is a compulsive collector of things, and builder of all sorts. All of his work is made from found materials which he gathers from around his Oakland, CA studio.
These Assemblage works can be described as “Kinetic Sculpture” or “Automata”. These terms refer to art which incorporates motion, light, sound, and interactivity with the viewer. Recurring themes of robots, creatures, and vehicles reveal the artist’s love of science fiction, mechanical design, and the generally bizarre."

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Liu Lecture w/ Philip Delamore - THIS MONDAY!

Engineering Fashion: Killer Heels

Philip Delamore, Director of the Fashion Digital Studio at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

Monday 16 April
6:00 PM
Packard Room 101

We just found out that Philip will be on campus next week and have partnered with the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering to set up a talk! Philip brings 20 years of experience in the fashion industry to his specialist field of research, which is in the convergence of fashion design and technology, regularly collaborating with international experts in the fields of human, material and computer sciences to develop new approaches to design thinking and practice. He has worked with 3D printing for a decade in the field of fashion and mass customization. He has recently exhibited work in Milan, London, Hong Kong and Stockholm and is a regular commentator and author, most recently published in “High Heels: Fashion, Femininity & Seduction” pub. Thames & Hudson, on the creative use of 3D Printing in fashion footwear.

This talk describes the uptake of 3D Rapid Prototyping technology into the fashion industries and presents case studies in fashion and sports footwear using components which have been laser sintered in Titanium and Polyamide. Increasing uptake of digital manufacturing into industry, combined with improved build speed, finish and size has allowed for greater flexibility in production of low volume, customized and bespoke products. The presentation also describes the innovation potential for these technologies to cross domains, and suggests that their creative exploration by designers may be the key to developing new market opportunities.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pete Nelson - 6 April 2012 - 6:30PM

The David H. Liu Memorial Lecture Series in Design presents 

Pete Nelson

(Liu Lectures are free and open to the public)

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Pete Nelson is the co-founder of The Treehouse Workshop in Seattle, Washington. Pete designed his first treehouse while in high school and though it was never built, the foundations were laid for his future work. Pete established The Treehouse Workshop in 1997 and has designed and built treehouses all over the United States as well as in Japan, Spain, and Morocco. His creations range from small structures that serve as play spaces for kids to full-scale homes and educational facilities. Each treehouse is a unique structure that must fit the living trees that support it and leave room for them to move and grow.  

Pete is also an active educator and evangelist for treehouses. The Treehouse Workshop provides specialty hardware and offers courses in treehouse design and construction. In addition, Pete has written five books on treehouses, treehouse construction, and treehouse living.

More information on Pete and The Treehouse Workshop at

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Liu Lecture - Michael Sturtz - Feb 9 at 7PM at the

The David H. Liu Memorial Lecture Series in Design presents 

Michael Sturtz 
Thursday, February 9th, 7PM 
(Liu Lectures are free and open to the public) 

Michael Sturtz is a sculptor, fabricator, educator, fire ballet director, and the designer (and rider) of the world's fastest biodiesel motorcycle. 

Michael defies labels and conventions with a body of creative work that is wide-ranging and continually evolving. In directing and producing over a half dozen fire ballets and operas, he has brought the excitement and power of the industrial arts from the studio onto the stage. He plays with similar juxtapositions in his design and sculptural work, bringing together the biological and the mechanical in a delicate, yet dynamic dance. 
Michael lead a team named the Diesel Dozen, which designed and build the world's first biodiesel land speed motorcycle. Michael rode the bike to a 100% bio-fueled land speed record of over 130mph. 

In addition to his professional and artistic successes, Michael is a passionate educator. As founder and former Executive Director of The Crucible in Oakland, CA. During his 12 years there, he created a unique educational setting which serves over 8000 students annually and offers classes in subjects ranging from welding and blacksmithing to ceramics and glass. 

More information on his work can be found at 

Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Founded by Jeanne Gang in 1997 and based in Chicago, Studio Gang is a collective of architects, designers, and thinkers producing transformative architecture. Their studio’'s work is based on compelling ideas rather than repetitive formal principles.

Ms. Gang's practice acts as a lab for testing ideas on varying scales: from cities to environments to individual buildings’ unique material properties. This open and collaborative approach enables owners to participate in the design process, making choices as the project develops. Driven by curiosity, intelligence, and radical creativity, Studio Gang's process yields provocative and alluring architecture that responds to its specific place and purpose—exemplified by such recent projects as the Aqua Tower, SOS Children’s Village Community Center, Brick Weave House, and Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond.
The work of Studio Gang has received national and international recognition and has been published and exhibited widely. The Aqua Tower was named the 2009 International Skyscraper of the Year, and the firm has exhibited at the International Venice Biennale, the National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. A recent documentary about Aqua and Studio Gang was produced by the Checkerboard Film Foundation as part of their acclaimed Architecture Series.
Jeanne will be speaking in the atrium of building 550 ( at 7PM!