Joshua Kauffman
principal, REGIONAL


Joshua is a co-founder of REGIONAL, an interdisciplinary design and research office that performs and applies original analysis of global society, culture and commerce, uncovering and developing opportunities for profitable innovation and meaningful cultural intervention.

He is a globally-active consultant and designer, and was recently in China investigating contemporary Chinese urbanism. The environmental aspects of that research led to REGIONAL’s contribution of the entrance piece of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture through which 100,000 attendees passed. The piece precisely recreated to scale an anthropogenically removed mountain-ridge in Shenzhen (PRC), mapping it back onto the functioning buildings of the contemporary urban environment.

Joshua also recently consulted a principal city-builder on using digital technologies for the cultivation of productive and humane communities for newly built cities in the developing world.

Other recent projects include consultations and inquiries into the intersection of geopolitics and design. At the Hong Kong Polytechnic University he led workshop with Graduate students about strategies for assisting the responsible, sensitive and successful integration of China into the global community.

In commercial spaces Joshua has advised on technology-related urban, consumer and product strategies. He frequently facilitates dialogue between global organizations and independent experts for focused collaborative exploration and creation.

Joshua studied Globalization at Duke University.


Location: Marina Ballroom D
Gwendolyn Floyd (ind), Joshua Kauffman (REGIONAL)
The Cuban people live in acute technological scarcity, yet illuminate strategies for living and creating in a society of excess. This talk will share inspiring adaptations and surprising interpretations of technology. Read more.

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