Winter 2018, we are very honored to accept the project to create Michigan Ross’ +Impact Studio on the campus of The University of Michigan. The +Impact Studio will be the first of its kind within The Ross School of Business and is the vision of its wonderful and compassionate Associate Dean, Jerry Davis.
Play Orbit is developing the studio’s credit-bearing design program and the interior spatial planning to immerse MBA students in the deep design process. Students will learn skills, methods and mindset for creative problem solving from a systems perspective while developing a personal set of ethics and broadening their definition of “sustainability.” In the program, students will focus on a faculty research project, discover opportunities for design interventions within a complex ecosystem, determine best opportunities and develop the pathway for these design interventions to leave campus and make a positive tangible impact in the real world for real people. The goal of the spatial design is to create a “sacred space” for ideation and creativity within Ross.
I am super excited about this in 2019! I recently received a letter from Wendell Berry inviting me to his Kentucky home for a Sunday conversation. This will take place in Spring 2019 with an article to follow.
Martin Pedersen asked what subjects I’d like to write about for Common Edge. He was intrigued when I suggested a conversation with Wendell Berry. Martin, a brilliant mind on design, said he knew Berry as a writer and poet but was unfamiliar with his influence on design. Students of mine know some: Throughout the CCS Product Design department and in our own studio, I’ve posted Wendell Berry quotes in bold black letters on large red-orange backgrounds. Berry possesses the full-flavored, beauty and life-affirming experience-based wisdom of systems sustainability that develops in people who are one with the land and one with others…plus the poetic voice to share it! That wisdom is not reducible to systems logic and feedback loops on whiteboards, which is why he has so much to offer designers.
Enjoy this powerful vIdeo with Wendell Berry reading, “A Timbered Choir”