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Activate Charlotte: Bechtler Modernism + Film: Design & Thinking

Location: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon Street
 Charlotte, NC28202

“When the government came to us and asked us to redesign the ballot, we said we wouldn’t redesign the ballot,” says a designer in this 2012 documentary by filmmaker Mu-Ming Tsai, “but what we would do is redesign the election experience.” That exchange serves as the basis for Design & Thinking — how modern technological changes and design thinking are being applied to society and business.

One of the hottest trends and topics in the tech/start-up world, design thinking theory has become course fodder at top business schools such as Stanford and Harvard. The core principles, which read like an overhead slide at a TED Talk, are: understand, explore, prototype and evaluate.

Tsai’s film interviews designers, business owners, educators, social entrepreneurs, cyclists, chefs, scientists, start-up developers and even filmmakers to get their take on how the process works.

David Furman, FAIA
Marley Carroll, FAIA, C Design Inc.
Mikale Kwiatkowski, UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture

An event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students. (Student tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone. Must present student ID to claim.) Purchase tickets online, by phone 704.353.9200 or at the admission desk.