For Mario, design is a method to understand problems and to propose solutions. Design deals with highly complex realities: human perception and memory, psychology and social behaviour, systemic factors, product lifecycles. Products and services created with a single viewpoint often create more problems than they solve. Therefore Mario builds what he calls a design ecosystem around a design task. Informed by research and field studies, this is a system of connected elements centered around a problem-solving strategy which can consist of experiences, services, spaces, digital and physical products, communication channels and brands.
Trained as an industrial designer, Mario Gagliardi has consulted an array of global corporations and governments on design, business, and innovation. As chief designer at Korean conglomerate LG, he created one of Asia’s commercially most successful cosmetic brands. As consultant for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, he developed the design strategies for the innovation of education in Austrian schools and universities. As creative director/CEO of Qatar Foundation, he laid the conceptual groundwork for the architectural design of the sustainable urban renewal of Doha. Mario was professor at HongIk IDAS University (Seoul, Korea) and at Aalborg University (Denmark), and he lectured at leading international universities such as the University for the Creative Arts (UK), London Business School (UK), Tsinghua University (China) and Sapienza University (Rome). Mario holds an MBA from the University of Westminster (UK) and has authored numerous articles on design and business strategy.
For Noki, fashion is an expression of individual freedom and a right for everybody. Critical of the way fashion and fashion marketing works today, he proposes a creative method as a solution: Upcycling through fashion customisation, a creative work with textiles he calls 'New Power Textiles' - the clothes routinely disposed by the fashion industry which end up as waste and in landfills. With a range of techniques typical for Noki - ripping, cutting, working with multiple layers - he teaches fashion students to design their own, expressive, sustainable 'Fashion Monster' exemplifying the fashion of the future.
Noki is a textile artist and fashion customizer. Noki's fashion has been worn by Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, Nicki Minaj and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. He works with students in colleges such as the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins and the Alba University of Beirut to teach his philosophy of creative upcycling. He studied fashion design at the Edinburgh College of Art and worked with Barbour, Adidas, Reebok, Levi's und Chloé Paris. His creations have been shown at London Fashion Week, the shows of Lady Gaga und Gorrilaz, in the Victoria & Albert Museum, at the Other Art Fair of Saatchi Art and at the Lovebox Festival, and featured in publications such as Vogue, i-D, Spex, Face, Elle and many others.
Sachin is interested in what smart architecture can do for people. Originally from India, he understands the complex problems of rapidly growing cities. As lead architect for many global infrastructure projects, he works on problems firmly rooted in reality: How to accomodate large crowds in transport terminals? How to create spaces which aid people's orientation? How to create spaces which adapt to people (instead of the other way round)?
Sachin Anshuman is an architect specializing in interaction in physical spaces. Sachin Anshuman worked with SOM Skidmore Owens and Merril before joining Arup as lead architect on global high-profile infrastructure projects such as Hyperloop One, High Speed 2, Metro Toronto, Metro Istanbul, Metro Riyadh, Metro Santiago de Chile, Doha Metro and Singapore Changi Airport. He holds a PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University. He lectured at universities such as Bartlett School of Architecture, TU Delft, University of Edinburgh and University of Strathclyde, and his academic work has been published internationally.
Kristiane Kegelmann explores her surrounding space with her work. Ephemeral ingredients are combined with permanent material as a result of what the artist extracts from her environment. As part of FUTURE CITY, she chose "artificiality" - a state that can be found everywhere in everyday life. In the process of daily consumption, there are countless moments that reveal a glimpse at the consequences of artificiality. She applies hues and pigments to realise the topic of consumption in sculptural form: colours echoing the parallels between man-made versus natural.
Kristiane Kegelmann is an artist working between food and sculpture. She learned the craft of patisserie at Demel Vienna and combines this knowledge with artistic expression. She preferably shows her sculptures in the public space and at venues such as Food Art Week Paris, Art Dinner Berlin, Diskurs Galerie Berlin and Neue Galerie Berlin.
FUTURE CITY is a work in progress. We invite designers, fashion designers, architects and artists to join us to inspire positive change.
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