Disaster SOS: Haiti, a BDNN panel discussion at NEOCON in Chicago, June 15


Date: Tuesday, June 15 Time: 2-4 p.m.
Presented by: The Black Design News Network
Location: IIDA Learning Center, 567 Merchandise Mart
Fee: $15 at the door CEU: 0.2
A thought provoking forum on Haitii with some experts from the fields of design, planning, international development and cultural anthropology. The forum will involve critical thinkingabout shelter and disaster with a focus on planning, cause and effect, and risk management after a disaster.

This session will be followed by an interactive discussion and networking hour for potential collaborations and partnerships from 4–5 p.m. Sponsored by IIDA, FocusOnDesign, Designers for the 21st Century (D421), Project Osmosis, and The Black Design News Network


  • Kerl LaJeune, architect, Founder and Principal at Atelier Azara,
  • Renee Kemp-Rotan - urban designer and co-founder, Black Design News Network;
  • Atim Annette Oton, architectural designer and co-founder, Black Design News Network;
  • Bryan Hudson, Architect, principal at SOMA Design Consultants Inc.;
  • Lee Bey, African American writer/architectural critic.

RSVP or register contact Atim Oton, co-Founder of the Black Design News Network
atimoton@yahoo.com. Registration also accepted at the door.


Design Interchange: An Avant-Garde Approach to Success [AF8]
Date: Monday, June 14
Time: 4 – 5p.m.
Credits: 0.2 CEU
Fee: $15, Register on site at the Merchandise Mart

Design Interchange Networking Event
Date: Monday, June 14
Time: 5:30 – 7p.m.
Fee: $5 at the door (free to attendees of Design Interchange)
Presented By: The KOHLER Store
Location: The KOHLER Store, 100 Merchandise Mart
Sponsored By: Project Osmosis, FocusOnDesign, Designers for the 21st Century (D421) and The Black Design News Network

For more information go to focusondesign.org or designers421.org


About the Author

Black Design News Network (BDNN) is a news bureau, an online publication, digital library and 'workspace' hub for designers. African Diaspora, BDNN focuses on creating awareness of black design, distributing news and information about Architecture, Interior Design, Product Industrial Design, Fashion/Textile Design, Communication and Graphic Design. BDNN is the 411 of the Black Design Diaspora.