Common Sense: a Multi-Sensory Festival

The second festival of the Design Academy at A/D/O on Saturday, May 13, promised to investigate designers’ power to transform our world through the most fundamental human interfaces: texture and scent, sound and vision. Intrigued and curious, I stopped by to experience it firsthand.

The common room





The day’s program schedule
A virtual reality experience by New Reality — on what it means to be a tree
New York Times perfume critic Chandler Burr in a mind-expanding hands-on lecture about the power of scent
Mr. Burr inspired the audience to associate, not label scents: “What do you smell? Is it post-modernism, dada or romanticism?”
A neat festival pack (kudos for the wi-fi information on the badge)

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