Abir Ali and Norman Teague have invented design practices that radically depart from the design establishment. They work on their own terms by eschewing traditional distinctions between professional practice and social justice, art-making, and urban development. They forge new paradigms for what design can mean and do. Driven by a sense of mission and agnostic of scale, they are as facile at making beautiful objects as equitable cities.
Join Norman and Abir for a freewheeling, candid, and occasionally foul-mouthed conversation about their work in and outside of disciplinary design—and the ways in which nontraditional practices can influence the design conversation in Boston. Focusing on issues of access and equity in the public realm, the conversation will also feature Isabel Zempel, principal at Sasaki; Stephen Gray Assoc. AIA, Associate Professor at Harvard GSD; and Philip Barash, Fellow at The Boston Foundation.