October 13-15, 2016
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Essen, Germany, 14 and 15 September, 2016
Design educators of all disciplines, design researchers and designers are invited to attend this two-day event on designing together with people with dementia. Design in all of its forms, from graphic and product design to industrial design and interactions, is putting more focus on becoming socially meaningful. One way that design is responding to this is by working with the growing need of the elderly population and specifically those with dementia.
Central to this is the question on how to include the person with dementia their family and (in)formal caregivers in the design process.
In this two day event we invite design educators, designers and researchers to come and be inspired about how to work with people with dementia in their own practice. Next to that, we invite those who have experience in setting up design courses or research projects on designing for and together with persons with dementia to bring to the table their own failed and successful approaches.
We are excited to announce a one day symposium, on 15 October 2016, at Leeds College of Art (UK) focusing on how to expand communities of sustainable practice within and beyond art and design schools.
Given the need for art and design education to transform its mode of operating in times of massive ecological crises, the symposium is an opportunity to learn from cases of good practice, to get feedback on one’s initiatives and to network with others who are eager to make art and design education an effective advocate of sustainable practice.
Communities of sustainable practice are groups or networks of educators, designers, artists, craftspeople, researchers and students who aim to place sustainability concerns at the heart of their practice. Through the symposium we want to provide a space for people involved in such initiatives to effectively network and strategise together in order to enhance the positive impact and reach of what they do.
Aims & objectives
During this one day symposium, we want to focus on the importance of collaboration and networks in creating art and design practices that contribute to eco-social sustainability. We are especially interested in expanding the notions of sustainability within art and design education and how they contribute to engaging the public in sustainable and progressively transformative eco-social practices.
As we are convinced that sustainability is also about meshing up and intersecting practice and theory, the day will span from theoretical to practical engagements with sustainability – always with a focus on making this day productive in terms of building alliances, projects and shared commitments between the people attending. Interested? Here you find more information:
Theme: Rethinking arts-based research, artistic research -and global/local communities
Venue: School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, June 28-30, 2016
Arts-based research and artistic research are often seen as controversial and sometimes contradictory territories that intersect between scientific research and artistic practice and/or artistic thinking.
The themes of each proceeding conference have varied from critical discussion concerning the intersections between arts and research to the latest conference addressing what is and can be considered artistic or arts-based research. These conferences have significantly aided in the development of vocabulary and concepts for arts-based and artistic research for researchers and students from all over Europe as well as aided attendants in creating a community of scholars interested in artistic or arts-based formulations of research and writing.
The theme of the 4th conference focuses on explorations of arts-based and artistic research in addressing issues relevant to local and global communities. In general, the conference presenters and participants will engage with the question, “What is the relationship between arts-based and artistic research and communities?”
There is no fee to attend this conference. Please find out more:
We organize a workshop at NordiCHI’16 conference, in which we aim to bring service, marketing, and (human-computer) interaction designers together. Nordes people are warmly welcome!
The call for papers is at https://blogs.aalto.fi/multixd and below.
August 1st, 2016 – Deadline for papers
September 3, 2016 – Notification of acceptance
October 23rd or 24th – Workshop (one full day)
Multi-touchpoint design; Experience design; Service design; Omnichannel design; User experience; Customer experience; Brand experience
Wednesday, June, 15 2016
With among other Corina Caduff, Francesco Erspamer,
Susanna Hertrich, Mikhail Karikis, Pierluigi Sacco,
Bernd Scherer and Maxa Zoller
FHNW Academy of Art and Design
Campus of the Arts, Freilager-Platz 1, 4023 Basel
Aesthetic practices intrinsically determine the formation of identity and the concept of value in a society and its development. Apart from successfully promoting a “next generation” of artists and designers, the FHNW Academy of Art and Design stands as a significant cultural site and research institution, effectively contributing to the advancement of art, design and media, which today play such a prominent role in society.
Deadline: 30th of May
Call for Participants
We are looking for interested students and industry professionals to apply to participate in our interdisciplinary design event.
The Expo as Global Village: Future Ways of Living event will explore how new media technologies will impact our daily lives and how they will transform societal systems over the next 10 years. This will be done using the Milan Expo grounds as a case study for imagining how these transformations will manifest. This event will be organized by the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), a Toronto-based academic program, think tank, and studio that offers unique educational experiences and professional services.
The event is taking place in the last two weeks of June at the former Milan Expo site.
Lecture in English
The Alvar Aalto Academy’s popular spring lecture takes a look at one of the giants of modern architecture, Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra.
Today Richard Neutra is primarily remembered for the mid-century Modernist houses he built in Southern California. During his illustrious career Neutra completed close to 300 projects. Neutras architecture was based on something he called bio-realism; the idea that man and nature are inseparable.
In addition to designing houses Neutra worked on a number of large institutional and multi-family housing projects, and published numerous books and essays about modern construction systems and his architecture theories.
The lecturer, Sarah Lorenzen, is an architect, associate professor and chair of the Architecture Department at Cal Poly Pomona. Since 2007 she has been the resident director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Los Angeles. In 2004 Sarah co-founded multimedia design firm Plasmatic Concepts with partner David Hartwell. Their design practice emphasizes the use of creative communication devices: films, animations, and interactive apps to engage the public on issues related to the built environment. In 2015 she received AIA|LA’s Presidential Honor award for Excellence in Education.
Merja Vainio, email@example.com, +358 400 772 636,
Alvar Aalto Foundation