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Designing Our Way to a Better World

Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Thomas Fisher

Thomas Fisher

Based on his recent book by this name, Fisher will discuss the ways in which design thinking can help redesign systems — our education system, political system, economic system, health system — that have become increasingly dysfunctional or misaligned with future needs. While the design community uses such thinking all the time to create the products and environments we all use every day, rarely do those methods get applied to services and systems that have just as much effect on our lives.


Thomas Fisher is a professor in the School of Architecture, the Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design at the University of Minnesota, and the director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the College of Design. He was recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published writer about architecture in the United States. He has written nine books, more than 50 book chapters or introductions, and more than 400 articles in professional journals and major publications. Named a top-25 design educator four times by Design Intelligence, he has lectured at 36 universities and more than 150 professional and public meetings.


WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Assigned Reading

Thomas Fisher, Designing Our Way to a Better World (University of Minnesota Press, 2016)


5 p.m. at the UNE Art Gallery (Portland campus)

Designing Our Way to a Better World event poster
6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public