‘Homo Sapiens I Hear You’ is a series of non-linear, non-conventional, immersive and non-passive research seminars which question and re-think humanity’s essential needs; and consider whether the modern practice of design addresses them.

The curriculum conceived and directed by Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun is framed around American psychologist Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”, which offers a model that defines the needs of human beings – from the most basic functions (eating, sleeping, etc.) to the more fulfilling (self-improvement, practicing sports, etc.). Homo Sapiens, I hear you! are seminars which unravel how human needs have developed through history and how they might continue to develop over time.

Occurring on the 12th of the month, each seminar showcase pioneering critical thinkers and present eclectic reference material from around the world. Dr. Ben Hayoun, along with a rotating cast of visiting faculty will facilitate a series of activities, workshops and debates. The series of seminars will be accompanied with: podcasts by Elle Clay, editorial pieces by Cabinet Magazine and Our Machine’s graphics.

Learn more more and register for ‘Homo Sapiens, I hear You’ seminars here

Find the programme for each individual sessions below:

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

July 2018

A/D/O is a community-based endeavor that aims to understand the future of design. A/D/O is  located in a 23,000 square foot former warehouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn’s Industrial Business Zone. It has been converted into a space for creative exchange. A/D/O is part of MINI .