The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin will be hosting the “Visions of the Future,” the 10th Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium, to be held from November 1st to 3rd this year. The Ransom Center hosts the symposium biennially and to honor the ideals set forth by Fleur Cowles and her landmark Flair magazine.
Registration is now open and registration information is available online.
Panelists will discuss the guiding principles of designers of the 20th century and today, creative works that have inspired their visions of the future, efforts to market these visions to the public and developments in transportation design.
Panel topics include: “Imagining the Future,” “Designing the Future,” “Marketing the Future,” “Motorways in the Twentieth Century and Today” and “Today’s Visions for Tomorrow.” The panelists will be Donald Albrecht, curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York; Alan Hess, San Jose Mercury News architectural critic and columnist; Alexandra Lange, architecture and design critic; Phil Patton, author of “Open Road”; and Tom Vanderbilt, author of “Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us).”
The keynote address will be delivered by Bruce Sterling, futurist and author of “Shaping Things” and “Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years” and will be open to the public and available on webcast.
The exhibition “I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America” will also be on display and explores the career of Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958), an innovative stage and industrial designer, futurist and urban planner who created and promoted a dynamic vision of the future — streamlined, technocratic and optimistic. The exhibition brings together never-before-exhibited drawings, models, photographs and films from the Ransom Center’s Bel Geddes collection.