So many design events, so little time. Here are four that we’re particularly excited about:Fashion, new media, and entrepreneurship come together at the AFINGO Fashion Forum, an all-day confab that takes place this Friday, April 1, at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Things kick off with a panel on fashion innovation featuring founders of creative retail ventures such as Warby Parker, Groupon, and Moda Operandi, the brilliant buy-straight-from-the-runway concept launched last month by cofounders Aslaug Magnusdottir and Lauren Santo Domingo. Later, attendees will hear from fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, who is also among the backers of the contemporary art flash sale site, Exhibition A. What comes after postmodern architecture? Rafael Viñoly has a few ideas. Join the architect and Julie Iovine, executive editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, on Tuesday, April 5, as they discuss the present and future of architecture in New York at the Museum of the City of New York. Mention UnBeige and get discounted ($6) tickets. Call 917-492-3395 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve your place. The AIGA awards gala has been reborn as “Bright Lights,” a one-of-a-kind event to support the design profession. On Thursday, April 7, AIGA president Debbie Millman and all your favorite design stars (including Milton Glaser, Carin Goldberg, Michael Bierut, and Bill Moggridge) will be on hand to celebrate the newest crop of AIGA Medalists—Steve Frykholm, John Maeda, and Jennifer Morla—as well as AIGA Corporate Leadership Awardees Method and Tiffany & Co. Tickets are going fast. Purchase yours here.
Whether you’re an alumnus of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation or just look like one, you’ll want to check out “Smart Infrastructure: Negotiating the Future of Design,” the alumni weekend festivities scheduled for April 15-17. The Saturday conference opens with a keynote by Howard Slatkin, New York’s own director of sustainability for the department of city planning. Later panels will feature the likes of Craig Dykers, Seth Pinsky, and Kate Ascher. Sunday is reserved for infrastructure tours…because if you haven’t seen the Gowanus Canal with a bunch of architects, you haven’t really seen the Gowanus Canal.