CUMULUS PLUS+ My Cumulus Story by Yassaman Khodadadeh
CUMULUS Conference, REDO, Kolding Design School, Denmark, May 2017
I really enjoyed the respect for environment, which I could feel in many things in Denmark.
At the beginning, I would like to say how grateful I am to CUMULUS for inviting me and awarding a grant to me.
Although I have been participated in many International Conferences, CUMULUS was a different and a wonderful experience, due to its warm and friendly environment. Its pleasant atmosphere, has provided the opportunity of communicating and making links with professors and designers all around the world. Obviously effective communication between designers could have a positive impact on design teaching and research in International level.
One of the best part of the Conference was the keynote speeches, which were very impressive in term of rethinking design and were best choices for REDO Conference. These speeches inspired me with many new ideas for my activities in Department of Design in my country for its further development. The first keynote speech, which was performed by Head of the Centre for Creativity, Play and Learning of LEGO Foundation, was very interesting for me, especially because “Design for Children” is one of my field of interests and I have written a book on this subject. This speech exposed a new perspective about designing for play and its vital role in planning the future of human life. It gave me a better view for my future teaching and research in this field and visiting LEGO Company made it even more fruitful.
I am very glad and thankful for the time that was given to me to talk and present University of Tehran, Kish Campus and its International missions. This talk provided an opportunity to be introduced to more people and as a result, I had conversation with more people, who showed interest to travel to Iran and visit our University. I am sure this can cause more International collaborations. In University of Tehran we are very interested for collaboration with other Universities, because we believe Iran with its rich culture and ancient traditional knowledge in architecture, design, arts and crafts could be an attractive partner.
Iran, known internationally as Persia, is one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations, with historical and urban settlements dating back to 7000 BC. The arts of Iran are one of the richest art heritages in world history and encompasses many traditional disciplines including architecture, painting, literature, music, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and stonemasonry. There is also a very vibrant Iranian modern and contemporary art scene, as well as cinema and photography. Regarding modern academic education, University of Tehran is the oldest and most famous University of Iran, which was officially established in 1934. However before that, there were some schools for teaching arts, agriculture, medicine, etc. which were all combined in University of Tehran. The Faculty of fine arts was established in 1940.
Another interesting experience during CUMULUS Conference, which I really enjoyed, was the respect for environment, which I could feel it in many things in Denmark. For instance in the conference using the cardboard for tribune and newspaper for the notebooks, also disposable dishes, made of paper or wood were brilliant. In addition, serving raw vegetarian food for conference dinner was wonderful, especially for me as a vegetarian, being in minority in my own country!
Yassaman Khodadadeh (PhD)
Head of Department of Industrial Design & Visual Communications
Head of Students Affair
Kish International Campus
University of Tehran
Kish Island, Iran