CfP: Design-led research into matters of concern

Disena Special Issue, PUC Chile
Submission deadline: February 28, 2018

This special issue of Diseña invites authors to contribute papers where the research into a matter of concern has been led by designers. In some cases, this may be because there are projects whose subject matter has a natural affinity for design. In other cases, it may be that the subject is one that no other discipline wishes to tackle, so design becomes the de facto leader.

Special Issue. Guest Editors:
Stan Ruecker and Marci Uihlein,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Design contributes to interdisciplinary research in three ways:
– in the aid of a project within another discipline (e.g. design for healthcare)
– contributing to a matter of concern (e.g. Latour 2004) that crosses disciplines, but as a substantive research partner in a project led by another discipline (e.g. design for smart grids)
– in a leadership role on a project that crosses disciplines, and addresses a matter of concern (e.g. design of mediating artifacts)

Matters of concern are topics that are not the central research area for any given discipline, but instead require contributions from many disciplines. Erling Björgvinsson, Pelle Ehn, and Per-Anders Hillgren, of the Malmö Living Labs, talk about “matters of concern” in the context of their work as being served by Things (“Socio-material assemblies”), as opposed to the usual “things” of products and services.

This special issue of Diseña invites authors to contribute papers where the research into a matter of concern has been led by designers. In some cases, this may be because there are projects whose subject matter has a natural affinity for design. In other cases, it may be that the subject is one that no other discipline wishes to tackle, so design becomes the de facto leader.

The other disciplines involved can range widely. For example, we are interested in papers dealing with one or more of the following topics:
1. Industry
2. Organizational Design
3. Social Good
4. Urban Design
5. Urban Hacking and Urban Prototypes
6. Smart Cities
7. Water
8. Electricity
9. Ecology Design
10. Public services as public space
11. Public Interest Design
12. Scale
13. New Materials
14. Speculative/critical/provocative prototyping
15. Design for disassembly
16. Infrastructuring
17. Fashion
18. Food
19. Political design or design for political action
20. Visualization

Read the whole call and submission instructions
CFP Disena 13_Design-Led Research Into Matters of Concern (1)
www.revistadisena.uc.cl

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