Glass House Conversations
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Philip Johnson and David Whitney used to invite great minds from the architecture, design, and art worlds to the Johnson-designed Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, for evenings of discussion and debate. When the Glass House opened to the public in 2007, its programmers continued the invite-only tradition, commencing a new series of high-wattage chats. Now they've gone a good step further, using the connectivity of the web to open up their curated chats to any and everyone who cares to join in with Glass House Conversations. This week's topic: "What do you consider to be the most important challenge for designers to tackle today?"

Alice Rawthsorn, design doyenne for the International Herald Tribune, moderates this week's discussion. One that ends on Friday and will be summed up by the participant who makes the most sense. All it takes to join in the conversation is to register for an account--it's free and easy; I did it in under a minute--and join the fray.

The house that started it all: Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan. He and David Whitney used to invite great minds from the architecture, design, and art worlds to the house for evenings of discussion and debate. When the Glass House opened to the public in 2007, its programmers continued the invite-only tradition.

If you'd care to take a look back at some of the design star-studded chats of 2008 and 2009 they're aviable on the site in the Archive. I personally liked Pentagram graphic designer Michael Beirut's take on the notion of trophy. 

Trophy from Drew Harty on Vimeo.

The Glass House chats have been called the nation's "longest running salon," but that air of exclusivity is falling away. Log on to see what the rest of us have to say, and join some of the best minds of the day getting at the kernel of a series of provocative questions.

Aaron Britt

@aaronbritt

Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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