Showing posts with label artificial organs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label artificial organs. Show all posts

Monday, June 8, 2009

Lecture by Kazuo Kawasaki this week in Washington, DC

While we have artificial organs and devices related to extra-corporeal circulation in the Historical Collection of artifacts (ranging from the Kolff-Brigham artificial kidney currently on display to a heart-lung machine), we don't yet have examples of Kazuo Kawasaki's stellar medical designs.

Most are familiar with his eyewear, but I am tracking his work integrating medical science (in which he has a Ph.D.) and product design.

Although we might be as likely to see his 1989 titanium wheelchair in a modern art museum than rolling down the sidewalk, I am interested to learn how Kawasaki approaches the subject of personal experience, design and disability. Kawasaki himself uses a wheelchair and has heart trouble.

Hear Design Made in Japan: from Eyeglasses to the Artificial Heart this Thursday, June 11th, at 6:30 at the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, in Washington, DC. The lecture is free, but reservations are required.