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John Maeda, how to say nothing in four minutes. He presented us with a litany of clichés.

Moshe Safdie, how to humanize the scale of buildings motivated him to build Habitat. About gardens and nature. Fifty years old but the idea never took off. Safdie talked about density and he decided to take another look at Habitat. Can we scale density to have the values of Habitat? He took Manhatten as a test case. Rethinking the public realm. How to bring air, promenades and parks into dense buildings?  

High Rise by Safdie

High Rise by Safdie

Sarah Kay: "writing poetry is like pooping, it has to come out."

 Pattie Maes MIT: sensors and smart objects, the advent of the internet of things, cars chatting with highways and roads, cities monitoring traffic, etc.. "What bothers me is that this smart world is largely fragmented. How can we make it more accessible to all?" Her approach is amazing. 

Innovation can come from the edges of a network. Juan Enriquez. Network work forces overwhelm corporations. 3D printing, equals decentralized manufacturing and design. Very fast build and redesign. Low costs manufacturing.  


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Margaret Stewart 'user experience master' and one of the top designers at Facebook talked about designing to the scale of hundreds of millions of users. She talked about the amount of work that went into the LIKE button. They rely on empathy in design. Data analytics not as important as intuition. Change has to be managed carefully. 

Her talk really deals with the use of symbols in the context of a complex communications ecology. "Know who you are designing for. "

Can you design for a low end cellphone?