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Austin Design Week's virtual events informed by COVID-19, diversity, new projects

Nicole Villalpando
Austin American-Statesman
Last year, Austin Design Week included learning about designing tiny homes for  Community First! Village. This year the week will all be virtual.

Austin Design Week is coming in November, and, like many events, it will be virtual this year. The week, Nov. 7-13, showcases what’s happening in local design across different industries.

It’s free, but you have to register for each event. You can find the complete schedule with registration links here: austindesignweek.org/2020-schedule.

Some of the highlights include:

Design-A-Thon Kickoff and Mini-Pitch Competition: 1-4 p.m. Nov. 7.

Park Space: Reimaging Our Parks for Physical Distancing and Access for All: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9-13.

Designing a Field Hospital for COVID-19 Patients: 9 a.m. Nov. 9

Designing Equitable Communities: 2 p.m. Nov. 9

Antiracism Activation Kit: 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10

Turning on a Dime: Pivoting Your Business to Empower Communities During Times of Crisis: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10

Art and Architecture: Embracing Artisans and Craftspeople to Design Memorable Experiences: Noon Nov. 10

Within 6 Feet: How a Reimagined Student Mentorship Program Allows Those Suffering from Alzheimer’s to Have a Space for Connection, Noon Nov. 10

Diversity in the Interior Design Industry, Stepping Into Your Power, Allyship and Representation, 1 p.m. Nov. 10

Designing for a Sustainable Future: A Circular Design Workshop, 3 p.m. Nov. 10

Austin’s Transit Moonshot: The Making of Project Connect: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10

People Helping People: Design’s Role in Elevating and Understanding Human Needs in Crisis Response: 8:30 a.m. Nov. 1

From Parking Lots to Parks: A Catalyst of Transformation at Highland ACC: 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11

Design Improve: Introduction to Industrial Design Process: 7 p.m. Nov. 11

Embracing Uncertainty: Using Strategic Foresight to Examine What’s Next: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 12

Embrace Community through Cross-cultural Design: 4 p.m. Nov. 12

A Remote Prototype Workshop for COVID Future Experience Design: 10 a.m. Nov. 13

Reshaping the Face of Design: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13

Where are the Black Graphic Designers?: 50 Years of History and Advocacy, 6 p.m. Nov. 13