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2011 IDA Congress Keynote Speakers Announced

Speakers Barry Lam and Peter Bishop will explore the intersection of design and issues of global relevance


MONTREAL—A maverick among Taiwanese businessmen and the man responsible for the development of urban strategies to transform East London during and after the 2012 Olympics will be two of the five keynote speakers at the inaugural International Design Alliance (IDA) Congress in Taipei from 24-26 October 24-26, 2011.

Barry Lam, chairman and CEO of Quanta Computer Inc., and Peter Bishop, deputy chief executive of the London Development Agency (LDA), will set the stage for the Internet and Urbanism sessions of the Congress when more than 3,000 delegates gather at the Taipei International Convention Center.

The IDA Congress will bridge design disciplines with fields having a stake in design, including science, technology, government and technology, promoting the value of design-based collaborations.

The Internet and the 3C’s: Cloud Computing, Connectivity and Client Devices

Cloud computing is a driving force for the global digital economy, where scalable and virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. For the new generation of “digital natives,” the Internet is entirely natural and always instantly available, anywhere, anytime, on any device. Barry Lam will address the challenge of making technology work for culture and humanity, instead of the other way around, finishing the unfinished revolution.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mr. Lam moved to Taiwan to attend university. In 2002, he was highlighted on Business Week's Top 25 Managers for making Quanta the number one notebook maker in the world. In 2005, Quanta and MIT announced TParty, a five-year, $20 million joint research collaboration project aimed at developing the next generation of platforms for computing and communication beyond personal computers. 

Urbanism: Shaping Cities Through Urban Design Strategies

It is only by the thoughtful weaving together of strategies for transportation, climate change, housing and public space that we can create cites that will be economically successful, beautiful and socially cohesive. Urbanism can bring together all of the design disciplines to create cities that are designed at human scale around the needs of the citizen.

Over the past 20 years, Peter Bishop has been a planning director in four different Central London boroughs and has worked on major projects including Canary Wharf and the Kings Cross developments, one of the largest and most complex sites in London. He was appointed as the first director of design for London in 2006 and in 2008 as deputy chief executive of the LDA, responsible for design, land development and its environmental, housing and public space programs.

During his keynote session, Bishop will explore examples where cities across the world are beginning to creatively tackle development issues and define an approach to urbanism that could set the conditions for successful urban growth in the challenging 21st century.

“The program, developed by the IDA Partners and host organiser, the Taiwan Design Center, highlights the relevance and importance of design within all aspects of business,” says Dr. Mark Breitenberg, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) president and chair of the program committee.

“These keynote sessions will illustrate how the integration of design within all facets of society has the potential to improve quality of life throughout the world,” he continues.

An Innovative Format

The IDA Congress will be a unique gathering of thought leadership exploring the intersection between design and five key sectors of global relevance: economic development, the Internet, biotechnology, urbanism and international migration. Five keynote addresses by invited international experts will introduce leading-edge thinking on the topic areas over the course of three mornings. Each address will be responded to by a panel of designers representing the disciplines of industrial, communications and interior architecture/design to promote the value of design and explore design-led approaches as an enabler of innovation.

The Congress’ theme, Design at the Edges, will highlight the edges between design practice and other fields having a stake in design; the blurring of the boundaries between the design disciplines, as well as their unique attributes; and “cutting edge” work and ideas—thinking that pushes the boundaries of all disciplines.

Visit the IDA Congress website for further details.