CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: build it with your eyes closed (working title)

Contact: builditwithyoureyesclosed@gmail.com or jamesbenedictbrown@yahoo.co.uk
Deadline for submissions: 00:01GMT Thursday 4 September 2014

Describe, in no more than 350 words, the most successful first year undergraduate architecture design project that you have either given as a teacher or received as a student.

  • Why was it successful?
  • What happened?
  • What was learned?
  • What pedagogical theories or frameworks did it employ?
  • How did it influence your subsequent teaching and learning? 

Submissions must comply with the following parameters:

  • 350 words maximum
  • unformatted text in MS Word format
  • no illustrations, tables or figures
  • bibliography provided (where appropriate) in Harvard format
  • include your name, location and (where appropriate) institution

Submissions should be emailed as attachments to builditwithyoureyesclosed@gmail.com no later than 00:01GMT Thursday 4 September 2014.

Architectural educators, graduates and students are invited to critically reflect on what they regard as the most successful and/or influential design studio assignment within the first year of an architectural education. The project is inspired by (but has no relation to) ‘Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: the Art of the Art Assignment’ (New York, NY: Paper Monument, ISBN 9780979757549), in which eighty-nine artists and fine art tutors critically reflect upon their experiences of the fine art assignment as students or tutors.

Following this call for submissions, ‘build it with your eyes closed’ will run as an open workshop for the duration of Living and Learning, the 2nd international conference of the of the association of architectural educators (aae) at the University of Sheffield, England, 3-5 September 2014. Living and Learning explores the notion of ‘liveness’, not just as experienced through live projects, but expanded to consider different forms of community participation and civic engagement, material and constructed interventions. This conference offers a platform for critical reflection on the most recent wave of ‘live’ innovations in design studio teaching and beyond. The conference is centred on architecture education, but invites contributions from any disciplinary context which might offer insight and spark critical debate. To read more about the aae conference, review the draft schedule, and to register, visit: http://aaeconference2014.wordpress.com/

Submissions received in response to this call for submissions will be anonymised and posted for conference delegates to read, comment and respond to. ‘Build it with your eyes closed’ will make the process of blind peer review visible, tangible and social at the heart of the conference.

The contributions to ‘build it with your eyes closed’ will be developed for publication as a standalone book in 2015.

For more information about the project, please contact the editor, Dr. James Benedict Brown (Norwich University of the Arts, England) jamesbenedictbrown@yahoo.co.uk 

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ACE’14 Workshop on Designing Systems for Health and Entertainment: What Are We Missing (Nov 2014, Madeira Portugal)

Dates: 11 November 2014
Location: Madeira, Portugal
Website: http://designingsystemsforhealthandentertainment.wordpress.com/
Deadline for submissions: 19 September 2014

In conjunction with ACE 2014: http://www.ace2014.info/

Systems that aggregate health and entertainment goals are proliferating, but little is known about the way to design and evaluate these systems and how to manage the different (if nor opposite) needs of these two main areas. This workshop will promote the discussion of issues surrounding these areas, enabling a better understanding of the how’s and why’s of designing systems for health and entertainment, as well as the identification of new avenues of research in the field.

Therefore we invite designers, researchers and practitioners to participate in an exciting full-day workshop where they are invited to share their personal views and research on the intersection of technology, health and entertainment.

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NordiCHI’14 Workshop “The Fuzzy Front End of Experience Design” (Oct 2014, Helsinki Finland)

Date: 26 October 2014
Location: Helsinki, Finland (in conjunction with NordiCHI’14 http://www.nordichi2014.org/)
Website: http://www.vtt.fi/uxgoals
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 14 August 2014.

Abstract format: 2-6 page position papers in ACM Extended Abstract format.

To start an experience design process, the designers should determine what experience to aim for. How should this decision be made?  In the fuzzy front end of experience design process, there are often several alternative sources for gaining insight and inspiration. There may be different, even conflicting viewpoints and opinions. In addition to user studies, insight and inspiration for experience goals can be sought from brand promise, technology and societal trends as well as mere vision of renewal. We welcome practitioners and academics to this full-day workshop to share experiences from the early phases of experience design processes:  How to get from the fuzzy front end to a shared vision of the experience to aim for? The workshop is based on the earlier UX Goals workshop in NordiCHI 2012. The aim of the workshop is to build mutual understanding of the early phases of the experience design process. The workshop will include presentations of position papers as well as group work to identify and discuss the commonalities and differences in the experience goal setting.

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NordiCHI 2014 Workshop: Designing Self-care for Everyday Life (Oct 2014, Helsinki Finland)

Dates: 27 October 2014
Location: NordiCHI 2014, Helsinki, Finland
Website: http://designingselfcareforeverydaylife.wordpress.com/
Deadline for submissions: 14 August 2014

In conjunction with NordiCHI 2014.

Managing chronic conditions can be challenging. People in such conditions, and the people around them, have to: deal with symptoms, adapt to the resulting disability, manage emotions, and change habits to keep the condition under control. Self-care technologies have the potential to support self-care, however they often disregard the complexity of the settings in which they are used and fail to become integrated in everyday life.

In this workshop we will discuss how to design self-care technologies that are in harmony with people’s everyday life. Therefore, we invite designers, researchers and practitioners to participate in a full-day workshop in which we will reflect on each other’s work, and do a design exercise with patients and caregivers. Non-academic participants can also attend without submitting a contribution if they wish to participate in the discussions.

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Intl Seminar on Planning for Sustainable Urban Form

Dates: 12-14 November 2014
Location: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Contact: Abdellah.abarkan@bth.se
Deadline for submission of abstracts & registration: 15 September 2014

On November 2013, The Swedish School of Planning organized an International Seminar on the theme of “Planning for Sustainable Urban Form”. The seminar gathered about 30 participants, from different countries, representing a broad disciplinary field, ranging from planning to architecture. The meeting was successful in providing a forum to debate on sustainability with focus on planning and urban form, and an opportunity for PhD-students to meet with senior researchers and internationally recognized scholars. In an attempt to support the continuity of this meeting, the Swedish School of Planning is organizing the Second International Seminar on November 12th to 14th, 2014.

We invite scholars to submit abstracts on the following broad subjects:
1. Planning processes in changing governance networks
2. Urban form, agency and sustainable development

The deadline for submitting abstracts and registering is September 15th, 2014. Abstracts should be sent to Abdellah.abarkan@bth.se. Accepted abstracts will be notified by September 30th.

For details, see BTH Call for abstracts final 2014.

Summer School of Making (Aug 2014, Belgium)

Dates: 24 August – 5 September 2014
Location: Kortrijk, Belgium
Website: http://www.summerschoolofmaking.be
Deadline for application: ASAP

LEARN NEW SKILLS THIS SUMMER IN MOTION GRAPHICS / CREATIVE PROTOTYPING

Creative students or young professionals from all over the world come together in the final weeks of the summer in Belgium.
Are you a creative from a technical creative discipline such as: digital design, motion design, product design, architecture, industrial design, furniture design, typography, interior design, graphic design, animation,…? Come to Kortrijk to perfection your model making or motion design skills and learn from professionals from the industry. You can expect intense master classes, fully equipped workshops which are almost 24/7 at your disposal and a hands-on, international learning experience. In week 1 we organize a bunch of hands-on technical, creative workshops spread over 2 tracks: creative prototyping or motion graphics. If you want to put your new learned skills to the test, stay for another week in which we will challenge you with a creative and multidisciplinary design assignment.

Doctoral Workshops 2014: Becoming a Researcher (June 2014, UK)

Dates: 25-26 June 2014
Location: Alan Berry Building, Coventry University UK
Website: http://dartplus.org/events/future-courses
Deadline: ASAP

Reasoning, writing and presentation skills workshop

This two day workshop builds upon basic university training (for example generic study skills modules) through participatory sessions that encourage better understanding of the nature of research and how it may be communicated to others. The outcomes that you may expect include: how to refine research questions; how to form a logical argument; criteria for writing and presentation; and an understanding of the infrastructure that supports academic research. It is conducted within a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

On completion of this workshop, there may be an opportunity to also attend the later ‘training conference’ for research students, to be held 10 September 2014, when many of the lessons learned may be put into practice in a simulated conference environment.

See the website for more information.

16th Intl PhD Summer School on Engineering Design Research (June/July 2014, Italy/Germany)

Dates: 15-21 June 2014, and 20-26 July 2014
Location: Verres, near Turin, Italy, and Heyda, near Ilmenau, Germany
Website: http://www.ssedr.org
Deadline for application: 31 March 2014

Full details available at http://www.tu-ilmenau.de/fileadmin/media/konstruktionstechnik/Summer_School/SSEDR2014_Invitation_final.pdf.

For impressions of the past summer schools, and details of the 2014 offering, visit the website: http://www.ssedr.org.

IDC 2014 Workshop on Design for Repurposing: Rethinking Children’s Interaction with Tangibles (17 June, Aarhus Denmark)

Dates: 17 June 2014
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Website: http://designforrepurposing.wordpress.com/
Deadline for submissions: March 28, 2014

This full-day workshop will bring together researchers and designers who share an interest in understanding the challenges of how to design for repurposing of interactive tangible objects by children. We invite people who are interested in exploring the field of repurposing by children, or are currently engaged in research related to this topic. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: what is repurposing and how can it be exemplified; how to design interactive tangible objects that can be repurposed and how can children be supported in this; and which application and/or activity areas can be of interest for repurposing.

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All Makers Now? Craft values in 20th century production, conference, Falmouth University, UK.

Dates: 10/11th July, 2014.
Location: Falmouth University, Cornwall, UK.
Website: www.autonomatic.org.uk/allmakersnow/conference.html
Deadline for extended abstracts: 31st March 2014 (1000 words maximum)

Call for Contributions

The digital crafters in the Autonomatic Research Group at Falmouth University invite you to join them in critical debate about a radically transformed vision of 21st century production. In this brave new world of Makerspaces and Fablabs anyone can be a digital craftpreneur, harnessing the power of digital technologies to create, co-create, collaborate, make and sell.

Aimed at makers and researchers of all shapes and codes including hackers, crafters, inventors, designers, economists, curators and critical theorists, this two day conference will explore craft values, traditional making processes and novel forms of engagement, participation and interaction in digital and material cultures.

There are three broad themes we wish to explore:Materiality and Aesthetics, Enhancing the Object and Democratising Technology. More information on these and the conference exhibition and workshop opportunities can be found on the conference website.

We welcome contributions from both within and beyond the field of craft.

For queries, expressions of interest and early bird registration contact the conference team at: info@autonomatic.org.uk

 

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