Another week — well, several days — the 5th iteration of Denver Design Week will be a bit different.

Denver Design Week begins today, October 19, with interesting options, focusing on architecture, commercial products, and the world of design. This program runs through Friday, October 23. In the past two years, I have purchased tickets to learn more about all three of these concepts. Being part of an audience has always intrigued me, because you can watch other peoples’ faces being expressive or, well, not getting it.

But this year – ah, the strangeness of 2020 – Denver Design Week is going online. One would suppose that all of us now are used to this, whether it’s viewing a panel at the Denver Art Museum, or various City of Denver meetings, from the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission, to the never ending area plans concocted by planners, and to the parks and recreation leaders who want to acquire / do more with Denver’s parks. 

The media sponsor, as before, is the magazine Modern in Denver, which also has included a link to a website that makes it easy to decide what you want to know. Denver Design Week this year offers more than 25 sessions and presentations, with $20 passes to all of the sessions.

Some of the sessions include “Critical Conversations: Climate Change,” migration, urban risk, and cities, presented by Studio Completiva; “Tiny Solutions: Big Impact,” presented by Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects; “Running a Design Business That Legally Protects You,” presented by Creatives Learn Law, and “Suburban Intensification – A New Sense of Place,” presented by Tryba Architects. 

The event this year also includes some other programming, which is real and not inside a computer: Several artists have created works located at the south side of the Stanley Marketplace. The artists are local, which is a good thing to know:  Autumn T. Thomas, Viviane Le Courtois, Rian Kerrane, Jodie Roth Cooper, Sean O’Neill, and Lio BUMBAKiNi. 

And let’s face it: This year’s event has offered a diversion to a manic election cycle, at least for a little bit — and that helps. 

For more information, here are some links to offer specifics (and check out the Denver Design Week Facebook page, too):

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