Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. doors 6:30 p.m., program 7 p.m. Presented by HGA Architects and Engineers ASI’s 2015 exhibition Nobel Creations explores the unifying thread that drives Nobel laureates, fashion designers and composers: creativity. Alfred Nobel left a direct call to action in his will to create opportunities for human kind to think on entirely new lines, dare to question established theories, and combine innovative insights from different fields, all in an effort to create a better tomorrow. At A Night of Social Wonder: Designing for A Better Tomorrow, we pause to ask: how do you design for success? Design has been a hallmark characteristic of Swedish society, gaining attention as a process for solving problems in an increasingly complex world. "Design thinking" is becoming a more commonly understood approach to successfully approaching and solving difficult, multi-dimensional problems – more specifically, effective methods to ideate, select and execute solutions. ASI welcomes four brilliant minds, moderated by 89.3 The Current’s Mark Wheat – to share the stage, giving them each nine minutes to present the highs and lows of their design challenges, share with us the successes and failures of projects that have changed the world, and ignite a conversation around new approaches to designing a better tomorrow. FEATURED PANELISTS Olov Amelin, Director, The Nobel Museum Title: Designing Nobel – The Nobel Center, a new home for the Nobel prize in central Stockholm Description: After more than 100 years, the world’s premier museum honoring Alfred Nobel’s prizes will be given a modern home of its own in Stockholm. The expanded Nobel Center is being designed by the British architect Sir David Chipperfield and will be placed right in the heart of Stockholm city. It’s design and location spurred a little controversy and a lot of great ideas from the design community. Amelin will speak to the role the new Nobel Center (expected to open in 2019) will play as an important civic building and gathering place for more than half a million visitors a year. Sebastian Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Cooper Hewitt At the helm of one of the most anticipated Museum re-openings in recent years, Sebastian Chan of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Center, will speaking about transforming the impact and role of museums through interaction design, media, technology and visitor-centered approaches. Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota For the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and we continue to flood into cities at record rates. What does that mean in terms of how we will live, work and recreate in the future and how will the city change as a result? Fisher’s remarks will focus on the work that he has participated in at the Metropolitan Design Center at the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Tricia Khutoretsky, Curator, Public Functionary Art Gallery Technology and globalization are rapidly transforming the way in which we communicate, connect and make sense of the world around us. Within this, the notion of the "artist" is evolving and the function of the art space will be challenged. Khutoretsky is currently at the helm of an art space that claims to be "defining the role of the modern gallery." She will speak to the outdated perception of the gatekeeper and how a perspective shift can create more energetic gathering spaces around art. Cost: $10 ASI members / $12 nonmembers. There will be a cash bar available. Museum admission must be purchased separately. Registration is recommended. Register online at ASImn.org or call (612) 871-4907.