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Topics for the 2020 Superyacht Design Festival

Topics for the 2020 Superyacht Design Festival

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The Superyacht Design Festival will cover all aspects of yacht design and its future. From emerging construction trends, cutting-edge technologies, and the latest developments in sustainability, to what the next standout interiors will look like, visitors will hear from globally esteemed experts in the field of architecture, design and innovation.

World-changing design

Speakers at this year’s Superyacht Design Festival will include Kai-Uwe Bergmann, one of the partners behind Bjarke Ingels’ world-famous architecture studio, BIG. Famed for producing revolutionary buildings with sustainable principles and bold sociological concepts at their core, BIG has launched projects including the Google North Bayshore headquarters, in conjunction with Thomas Heatherwick, the LEGO House, LEGO’s headquarters, and the Amager Bakke energy plant in Copenhagen, which includes a ski slope and climbing wall on its exterior, and the firm is currently designing the new Two World Trade Center Building. Bergmann will discuss what goes into creating a genuinely new concept, and how this can be applied in the yachting industry, as well as look at how human behaviour and a sense of fun can shape yacht design for the better.

What yacht designers can learn from Google

Also speaking will be Matthew Cruickshank, art director of Google, and the man behind the homepage’s famous daily animation. Cruickshank worked for Disney and Warner Bros. prior to joining the Google team in San Francisco. He will reveal never-before-seen animations from behind the scenes at Google, and his talk will focus on “what yacht designers can learn from Google” – including his tried and tested method for keeping ideas simple via PostIt note, how to include movement and animation in static designs, and how and where he finds different inspiration every single day.

Haptic technology and superyachts

There will also be cutting-edge technology on show too, in the form of Seattle-based HaptX, who recently wowed Jeff Bezos with their haptic technology HaptX gloves. With the ability to feature 130 points of touch feedback, apply 4 lbs. of resistive force feedback per finger, and track hand motions with sub-millimetre precision, the gloves allow the wearer to do everything from touch different textures, to place themselves at the helm of their new superyacht, and feel the wheel turn. Joe Michaels will demonstrate not only how the gloves work, but also how the new technology can be used in the superyacht industry in the immediate and distant future.

External influences on yacht design

BOAT International editor Stewart Campbell discusses what superyacht designers can learn from outsiders, with Piero Lissoni, Enrico Bonetti and Dominic Kozerski.

What designers get wrong

Captains and crew will also contribute to a session on how yacht design stands up to the long-term rigours of passagemaking.

The new SeaXplorer

Rob McCallum from EYOS will present the new Damen SeaXplorer range, in conversation with Editor Stewart Campbell.

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