Editorial Team

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) held the 21st CII India Design Summit, with ARCH College of Design & Business as knowledge partner. The 3-day event via the CII hive platform was themed “Design for Circular Economy”.

The Summit is a platform to create an enduring partnership between Government, Industry and Academia, for Design-driven innovation. The virtual event comprised panellists from all fields to reflect the broader sphere of design influence and deliberate on CIRCULAR ECONOMY’s role to bring a globally inclusive sustainable culture.

The event is supported by the World Design Organisation (WDO) and Japan is the Partner Country. Japan Institute of Design Promotion, German Design Council, Taiwan Design Research Institute and Design Singapore Council participated as International partners organizations.

As keynote speaker Prof. Don Norman, American Researcher and Director-The Design Lab at the University of California, USA explained the concept of circular economy and emphasised it as a novel pathway to sustainable development.

Ms Archana Surana, Founder & Director ARCH College of Design & Business, sat as the panellist discussing “Role of Design Education in Circularity”, on the second day of the summit. She highlighted the role of Circular Thinking as philosophy and how Circularity is a mindset, outlining educational approaches and tools that institutes can use to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy.

Prof. Bhargav Mistry conducted a Workshop on FORM REFORM TRANSFORM emphasizing Circular Design interventions to tackle global challenges.

The summit discussions emphasized enhancing design interventions at various levels with virtual case-study presentations, and the exhibition of products and services by global partners and Indian industry, design firms, start-ups, and design institutes. The summit concluded with Case-study presentations by select CII Design Excellence Awards Winners, Award Ceremony and Valedictory session with Industry leaders.

The summit will feature a digital Exhibition of design-led organisations Indian/International and institutes that will be held till 25th December 2021.

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