The Virtuous Circle. Design Culture and Experimentation

June 3 – 7, 2015 Milan, Italy
Hosted by Politecnico di Milano

The conference aims to investigate how design comes out of the interaction between a practice, which seeks to change the state of things, and culture, which makes sense of this change.

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http://www.cumulusmilan2015.org

Contact persons
Laura Galluzzo, Project Manager Cumulus Conference Milan 2015
laura.galluzzo@polimi.itConference organizing team:
cumulusmi2015@easychair.orgExhibition organizing team:
cumulusexhib2015@polimi.it

Current matters
The conference was organised into 7 tracks corresponding to 7 activities in which the virtuous design culture-experimentation circle can take place.

Expect were contributions that acknowledge a systemic perspective on the topics and present reflections arising from applied research projects and experimentations.

Nurturing
Envisioning
Experimenting/ Prototyping
Incubating/ Scaling
Assessing
Disseminating/ Communicating
Training/ Educating

*******Design to Feed the World exhibition at Fabbrica del Vapore
June 6 – 30, 2015*******

The conference hosted

– Cumulus Working Groups (thorughout the conference),
– New Members Fair (June 3, 2015),
– General Assembly of Cumulus (June 6, 2015).

Key note speakers

– Chiara Alessi, design curator and critic
– Odo Fioravanti, industrial designer
– Patricia Urquiola, architect, designer, Ambassador of EXPO Milan 2015
– Banny Banerjee, founder and director of the Stanford ChangeLabs

Conference description

THE EXPO 2015 THEME:

Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

http://www.expo2015.org/en

THE EXPO 2015 SUBTHEMES

Improving food quality and security: the security of having enough food to live on, and an assurance that the food is healthy and the water drinkable;

Ensuring healthy and high-quality nutrition for all human beings, doing away with the hunger, drought, infantile mortality, and malnutrition that still afflict 850 million people on this planet, and extirpating famine and pandemic disease;

Preventing the new epidemics and diseases of our time, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, by championing practices that have proven to be effective;

Promoting innovation in research, technology, and business practices along the entire food supply chain to improve the nutritional value, conservation, and distribution of foods;

Providing education in proper nutrition and encouraging more healthy lifestyles, especially among children, adolescents, the disabled, and the elderly;

Enhancing the value of cultural and ethnic heritage as expressed in culinary traditions.

CONFERENCE THEME:

THE VIRTUOUS CIRCLE OF DESIGN CULTURE AND EXPERIMENTATION

IF Design has the specificity to adopt a cultural approach besides the functional or technological ones,

THAN it must also have its own specific culture: e.g. the construction of scenarios, trial&error methods, self-commissioned researches…

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