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Call it revolutionary, transformational, or simply to be expected, but the world is no longer operating as it once was. The economic and societal trends at play are incredibly complex
and nearly impossible to predict, but one thing is certain:
We’re all far more connected and interdependent than we
Whether you work locally, nationally, or internationally,
what happens globally affects all of us in one way or another.
And whether we are designers domestically or abroad, we all
share concerns about sustainability, materiality, social welfare,
economic viability, resiliency, and health and well-being.
One of the most interesting areas in which world popula-
tions see the effects of globalization is in design. Deeply rooted
in generations of history and cultural change, great work can
transcend geographic boundaries and bring new perspectives
to our lives. One example is how we have embraced indig-
enous, handcrafted elements in our interiors, while often being
more socially and environmentally responsible.
Congruently, information is being democratized at an
unprecedented rate, allowing us as designers to not only
access and be inspired by new ideas and materials, but
also to share far more diverse perspectives with our cli-
ents. We can literally bring the world to their doorsteps,
thereby providing new solutions to age-old challenges
where we live, work, play, heal, and learn.
Our exposure to global perspectives is also being
manifested in the classroom, where the Council for Interior
Design Accreditation estimates the percentage of interna-
tional students in interior design curriculums to be an aver-
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THE IMPACT OF DESIGN:
BRINGING GLOBAL HOME
With an expanse of events, information, and resources, getting involved is easier and more important than ever.
By Sandy Gordon
Members of ASID convene
at LAUNCH: the ASID
National Student Summit.