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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:

http://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/news-events/events-exhibitions/2016/10/15/sustainability-symposium/

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.

Important Dates

August 1st, 2016      – Deadline for papers

September 3, 2016  – Notification of acceptance

October 23rd or 24th – Workshop (one full day)

Keywords

Multi-touchpoint design; Experience design; Service design; Omnichannel design; User experience; Customer experience; Brand experience

lectureAAWednesday 25.5.2016 at 4pm
Sähkötalo building auditorium, Runeberginkatu 1 A
(entrance on street level), 00100 Helsinki

Lecture in English
Free entry

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.

Further information:
Merja Vainio, merja.h.vainio@alvaraalto.fi, +358 400 772 636,
Alvar Aalto Foundation

 

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