Academy of Art University
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Farooq KHAYYAT: Design Rhizome is located in the heart of San Francisco. Rhizome operates as the city’s fulcrum; leveraging the ideas of design leaders, students, creators, and change makers with the needs of educators, entrepreneurs, and local food merchants.
Innovation is the result of combined ideas. Design Rhizome is a place where design professionals and novices alike join in spontaneous interaction and collaboration to give life to the ideas of tomorrow.
Proximity, exchange of ideas, and shared resources are the key ingredients for practical creativity and innovation. The creatives can unite in a supportive space with the tech, finance, and government leaders of the day to awaken and strengthen the community.
During pre-civilization, long-distance transportation was a deadly foreign concept. Tribes lived scattered throughout the Earth, isolated from the advancements of others. The boat, the bow and arrow, the bowl; these concepts and inventions took thousands of years to emerge from their primitive design. It was only as cities and the nation-state took hold that innovations proliferated at an exponential rate. It was the proximity of diverse, yet like-minded people that laid the foundation for innovation. When individuals with similar interests come together, radical breakthroughs and ideas flow naturally.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
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