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Joel Towers and Mark Wigley Talk Existential Risk

Parsons closes out its Design and Existential Risk series this month with two discussions with leading designers and theorists on how design can be used to imagine and prepare for extreme existential risks. On Thursday, December 2, Parsons executive dean Joel Towers discusses designing for the future with Mark Wigley, dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.

On Thursday, December 9, Michael Chen and Jason Lee of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture talk with Annie Kown and Adriana Young of The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs Crisis Networks and Mathan Ratinam of Parsons’ School of Design Strategies.

Moderated by Ed Keller, associate dean of Distributed Learning and Technology at Parsons, Design and Existential Risk is a series of conversations with leading thinkers, designers, and educators that explore ways design thinking engages sustainability and human survival now and in the future. All events are held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue. These events are free and open to the public. For more information on the Design and Existential Risk series, visit

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