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Resilience In A Changing World: Danica Vallone

January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

*This talk is hybrid (in-person & remote). Capacity is limited. Please register ahead of time.

About n*Gen: Adaptation and Resilience in Wearable Futures

This talk investigates the extension of human abilities through Embodiment Design. An exploration of second skins, alternative limbs, exoskeletons, bionic jewelry, and sensory enhancements created to extend the ability of the human body, and challenge our ideas around what we wear and carry.

About the Speaker

Danica Vallone is founder and CEO of Red Hen Industries, a Los Angeles based design and fabrication firm for film, retail, and large scale experiential activations. In recent years, Red Hen’s rapid prototyping abilities have crossed industries into health and aerospace fields.

Danica also serves as Executive Creative Director of Global Effects, the largest and longest standing industry leader in space-related costumes, props, and set pieces. She currently holds a Design Residency at UCSD’s Design Lab, with an emphasis in Bionics and Human Resilience.

About Resilience In A Changing World

The near future is clarifying itself. Over the coming decades, life will change as we know it on planet Earth. From climate instability to culture change, plagues of misinformation to global pandemics, human society faces more threats than at any other time in our history.  At the same time, humanity is newly equipped to adapt, with emerging tools like artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and social innovation that have the power to reverse the narrative of impending global disruption. The time is now for us to integrate these powerful new methods – to intentionally design a more Just and Resilient future together. 

The Resilience In A Changing World series will invite speakers to speculate on how we get from here to there, from our current inflection point to habitable futures where both our people and planet thrive amidst increasing uncertainty and change.


January 24
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Design and Innovation Building
Room 208


The Design Lab
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