Friday / October 21 / 1:00 PM

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New Rules

The world is changing fast. Often so fast that we don’t take the time to think about what kind of society and future we actually want to build. Politics has become disconnected from fact. Innovation is pursued without consideration of ethics. Around the world, we are building walls instead of bridges.

New Rules asks:

  • How can we be more empathetic when we design for the future?

  • How can we reconnect policy with facts, truth, and logic?

  • What ethics should we pursue as we shape our rapidly changing world?

The answers are elusive—but we become stronger when we ask these questions together. What are the New Rules that will help guide us for the next century?

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Date & Time


October 21

1:00 PM

Saturday 9 am - 6:30 pm


Sidney Harman Hall

610 F St NW Washington, DC 20004

Ellen Lupton

Museum Curator & Designer

Ellen Lupton is the curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist, one of the highest honors given to a graphic designer or design educator in the U.S.

Mark Foster Gage


Mark Foster Gage is an acclaimed architect, innovator and Assistant Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. His pioneering design work fuses advanced technologies with philosophical speculation and interdisciplinary collaboration, and has been featured in institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Venice Biennale, and the Beijing Biennale. His projects have been published in venues such as Vogue, Fast Company, The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and on PBS, Fox and MTV .

Laura Dowling

White House Floral Designer

Laura Dowling served as Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009 until 2015. In this position, she planned and implemented decorations for major events at the White House, including the White House Christmas, state dinners, the presidential family quarters, the public tour route displays, and Camp David, an imposing portfolio of literally thousands of large and small events, floral arrangements, table settings, and innovative volunteer projects.