Susan Szenasy



Bio
In 1986 Susan S. Szenasy was named chief editor of Metropolis, the New YorkCity-based magazine of architecture, culture, and design. During her 17 years as Editor-in-Chief, the magazine has gained international recognition and has won numerous awards. Susan's training in design journalism was on the job. Beginning with Interiors magazine, she rose from a junior position of editorial assistant to senior editor; then she was named chief editor of Residential Interiors, the short-lived offspring of Interiors. Susan is the author of several books on design, including The Home and Light. She holds an MA degree in Modern European History from Rutgers University and teaches design history and design ethics at New York's Parsons School of Design. She is a frequent lecturer and panel moderator on broad-ranging design topics, and the guiding light behind Metropolis's Conferences (which she also facilitates), including Wonderbrands, Wonderbrands West, Net@Work,Business UnUsual, Teaching Green and Design Entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of R.Dot (Rebuild Downtown Our Town), a coalition of New Yorkers who came together after the 9/11 tragedies to contribute their expertise to building the 21st century metropolis at the site of the former World Trade Center.

Presentation description
Ethics and sustainability
What is the designer's - all designers' - responsibility to the environment and the creatures that inhabit it? Can the design disciplines help one another to be better environmental stewards? What makes sustainable design the basis of ethical behavior?
 
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