Massive Change Network
Oct 1 2015 ➝ May 2016
Art Institute Chicago (Gallery 286)
Exhibitions That Have Made Architecture And Design History. As Seen focuses on 11 group exhibitions from 1956 to 2006, organized by a wide range of architecture and design professionals.
Dec 1 2015 8:30 ➝ 10:30am
Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
24 Hours to Massive Change
Bruce Mau will demonstrate the potential to develop innovative solutions to large social challenges through design thinking using his Massive Change method.
Nov 20 2015 ➝ Apr 3 2016
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design
Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art to unpack Bruce Mau’s visionary design principles, which champion innovative solutions to global challenges.
A Designed Life
We live a designed life. Our health and medical system, our products and our experiences, our media and our sports, our energy sources and our movement of people and goods, our leisure, our culture – we design it all. What happens when we think about the role and power of design in our life? A recent study monitored the growth of 14 design-driven companies and found that companies that place emphasis on design grew 299 per cent between 2003 and 2013. By contrast, over that same period, the S&P 500 grew just 75 per cent. Design thinking produces leadership.
So, what is design thinking? The ability to envision the future, by listening and learning, with creative freedom and rigorous analysis. The ability to design our future, to shift from what it looks like to what it does in our life, to our life.
A Designer’s Life
Bruce Mau is not any one thing.
He seems to have been born in Northern Ontario with a genius eye into the heart of things. He broke with science and engineering at 16, and followed his heart into art that became design when used as a tool in the real world.
A benign wild thing and a serial entrepreneur since the age of nine, Bruce’s first studio was called Public Good for good reason. He designed the first of his 200 great big books at Zone Books, which circulated in all the best places, making him an instant international design star. He teamed up with artist Claes Oldenburg and mentor Frank Gehry, and co-authored with Rem Koolhaas the best-selling architecture book of all time S,M,L,XL.
After 25 years as the head of a perpetually exploratory design business with his name on the door, five years ago he co-founded with his wife Bisi Williams the Massive Change Network. In so doing, he and she laid the foundation for the new discipline of enterprise design, successfully applying a “killer app” approach to economic, cultural, environmental, and social change. Clients range from Walt Disney Imagineering and the Coca-Cola Company to Panama and Guatemala.
He holds academic chairs and honorary degrees, has a pile of major awards, and works at changing the world through business and philanthropy. He’s a dad and has one of the world’s great laughs.
Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design, his November 2015-April 2016 exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is no selective retrospective, but an articulation of where he’s headed next.