DIALOG designer one of World’s Top 20 Design Graduates
Nicole Moyo, a designer with DIALOG’s urban planning team in Toronto, has been selected to speak at the Antenna Conference – a prestigious event at Dutch Design Week, that provides young designers with a platform and helps them develop their project ideas by facilitating coaching and partnership opportunities. Nicole will present her thesis project, Ukubutha; a waste-to-energy design with socially driven architecture that allows disenfranchised communities to empower themselves without depending on government assistance. Her presentation has been identified as one of five talented young designers to watch at Antenna 2018.
We’re beyond excited for Nicole and spoke with her about this fantastic opportunity.
How has this selection altered your perception of yourself as a designer? I feel extremely blessed to be chosen as one of the World’s Top 20 Design graduates. I don’t even know what the title really means, but the more I think about it, I feel I should be an even more ambitious and responsible designer moving forward. This project has taken me so many places, but I never expected to arrive here. The opportunity really reflects the quality of the project that was created with a tremendous amount of support from my advisors. I also feel that it recognizes the importance of working above and beyond, personal and institutional boundaries. I feel like a disruptor!
Why will people be drawn to your presentation? The presentation tackles issues of extreme importance that have somehow escaped necessary innovation. I’ll share a story about the global crisis of access to adequate sanitation, a safe source of water, and the production of energy, through the lens of a curious young designer.
What do you hope audience members will take away from your talk? That we need to rethink service delivery; especially in communities that have limited access to municipal resources. That no matter what we design, we need to think beyond the product or the project and think about creating positive momentum in local and global community wellbeing.
What would be the best thing to come out of this conference? The exposure of the project, thought process and its overall importance. It ‘s not really about me, so if I can’t take it and run with it… I hope someone else will.
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