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Design In Everyday Life

April 10, 2012, 10:07 PM by Kellee Azar

Design In Everyday Life
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Design is a part of everyone's life, from clothing to fashion and even food design. Now the city of Sioux Falls will have a unique part of that concept.

The Sioux Falls Design Center will allow both non-profit and for-profit organizations to collaborate on ideas and even use design as a learning tool.

Despite the fact there's only a permit in the window and none of the walls are even finished, the Sioux Falls Design Center is, for lack of a better term, being designed. And for some, the building is long over due.

"The cities that do have them usually have a physical place that people can come to and actually use that as a resource center and so it was time for Sioux Falls to have one and we are trying to figure out what's the right mix and how we will use this space," Principle Architect at Koch Hazard Stacey McMahan said.

But as the walls go up and the foundation is laid, this design is coming together.

"This wall will be covered with chalk board and that wall back there will be covered with white board paint and then we will have strip of canvases creating a cloud along the ceiling, which will create like three collaborative services so any use you can think of..." McMahan said.

Design isn't limited to just fashion or interior decorating. But it is a factor in almost everything we do.

"The Sioux Falls design center is, it will be a design resource and sort of center for raising awareness for design in Sioux Falls and a resource center for design-oriented organizations, non-profit and profit, those who choose to partner with the organization," McMahan said.

And that's why many organizations like OTA were quick to get involved in the unique concept.

"The community has seen a great growth in co-working spaces, which I, my perception is that only requires a shared space.  But what we are looking for is collaboration spaces, which requires a shared passion and perspective focused on design," Curator of OTA Hugh Weber said.

The collaborative effort is the driving focus behind the design center, which can not only provide a different space, but a different working environment.

"As a meeting space and as a work space, as a conferencing center, video conferencing possibly as a webinar to possibly host a webinar.  It might be for continuing education we are looking at some fun events," McMahan said.

"It was time for us to create a place for those creative leaders to come together and have conversations but again have collaborations that enriches the community," Weber said.

But the center isn't designed to be a place just for business.

"What I want them to see when they walk by is not simply interior design or landscaping or even architecture.  I want them to see education.  I want them to see detail.  I want them to see area parks and all the different ways designs jump in," Weber said.

While still under construction, the Sioux Falls Design Center already has its first event planned and it's just one month away.

"May 4 is our first event and it will be occupiable, not necessarily completely finished, but that's kind of a fun thing too," McMahan said.

The first event is actually one that will continue throughout the summer and is open to anyone and everyone. And the design of the event's name isn't too bad either: PechaKucha.

"It's an event that was invented for architects especially because architects kind of talk a lot to help convey an idea very quickly, 20 slides in 20 seconds and then you tell a story about your idea in six minutes and 40 seconds," McMahan said.

Organizers hope events like PechaKucha can help inspire collaboration through design.

The design center is currently looking for other businesses around town to become supporters.  For more information on events and the design center visit the Sioux Falls Design Center's website.

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