Eco-Architecture 2014 (Sep 2014, Siena Italy)

Dates: 24-26 September 2014
Location: Siena, Italy
Deadline for submissions: ASAP

The conference will deal with topics such as building technologies, design by passive systems, design with nature, cultural sensitivity, life cycle assessment, resources and rehabilitation and many others including case studies from many different places around the world. The list of topics gives an idea of the scope of the meeting; papers on other topics relating to the conference objectives are welcome.

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Eco-Architecture 2014: 5th Intl Conf on Harmonization between Architecture and Nature (Sep 2014, Italy)

Dates: 24-26 September 2014
Location: Siena, Italy
Deadline for submission of abstracts: ASAP

The fifth International Conference on Harmonisation between Architecture and Nature (Eco-Architecture 2014) follows the four successful meetings which started in the New Forest, home of the Wessex Institute of Technology, in 2006; and continued in the Algarve (2008); A Coruña (2010) and the island of Kos (2012).

Eco-Architecture implies a new approach to the design process intended to harmonise its products with nature. This involves ideas such as minimum use of energy at each stage of the building process, taking into account the amount required during the extraction and transportation of materials, their fabrication, assembly, building erection, maintenance and eventual future recycling. Another important issue is the adaptation of the architectural design to the natural environment, learning from nature and long time honoured samples of traditional constructions.

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Special Issue of Intl J of Sustainable Engineering: Design for Sustainable Behaviour (Dec 2013)

Theme: Design for Sustainable Behaviour
Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2013

The International Journal of Sustainable Engineering CALL FOR PAPERS Special Issue on: Design for Sustainable Behaviour. Designers shape the development of products, services and systems which directly impact upon society and the environment. The application of sustainable design can greatly reduce the environmental and social impacts of these products, services and systems. However, many impacts occur during use and often users struggle to make the link between their own behaviour and the environmental and social impact that result. Design for sustainable behaviour is an emerging area of research and practice which aims to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products, services and systems by moderating users interactions with them. This special issue aims to consolidate knowledge in, and extend the reach of this important field.

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Biomimicry 3.8 Student Design Competition (April 2014)

Theme: Life-Friendly Transportation Solutions
Deadline for Team Registration: 7 February 2014

Whether it’s simply getting from home to work or using products shipped over distances near and far, in every region of the world transportation impacts our daily lives.

At first glance, transportation may simply appear to be about the movement of people and goods. But looking deeper, it’s also closely linked to equality, access to healthy food and good schools, and wildlife impacts, for example.

As the mobility demands of people and freight have grown, so too has the need for products, systems, and services that will make the transportation sector more life-friendly, for both people and the planet.

Can biomimicry help us address the deeper needs around transportation? Let’s find out!

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3rd IEEE Intl Workshop on the Social Implications of Pervasive Computing for Sustainable Living (Mar 2014, Budapest)

Dates: 24-28 March 2014
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Deadline for submissions: 30 October 2013

The Third IEEE International Workshop on the Social Implications of Pervasive Computing for Sustainable Living (SIPC ’14) in conjunction with the Twelfth IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications – PerCom 2014 (http//

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DESIS Workshop: Enterprise and Employability (Sep 2013, UK)

Dates: 25-26 September 2013
Location: Lincoln University, UK

This event will explore what lies beyond Higher Education DESIS projects. We seek to map the potential applications of the learning DESIS projects produce for students and understand the roles for and requirements of designers trained in design for social innovation and sustainability when entering the job market across the sectors involved in social innovation.

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People, Prosperity, and Planet Competition (Autumn 2013)

Sponsor: US Environmental Protection Agency
Competition: challenges college students to design solutions for a sustainable future, across a wide range of categories such as water, energy agriculture, built environment, materials, green infrastructure, clean cooking, and chemicals.
Prize: seed money of $15,000, final prize for R&D of up to $90,000
Eligibility: United States, students at colleges or universities
Deadline : initial round in the autumn when colleges apply to compete for seed money. Winners of seed money continue through April to final judging

RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: DESIGNING CRITICAL MESSAGES Collaboration-Communication-Education-Sustainability

Research symposium-Designing Critical Messages

MONDAY 24 JUNE 2013 —10.30AM
Lec­ture Theatre 1
Roland Lev­in­sky
Drakes Cir­cus Plymouth

This is a unique free event.
A day of dis­cus­sion about pro­act­ive, react­ive, reflect­ive design meth­ods and practices.

Dif­fer­ent types of research are fun­da­mental to design.
New forms of com­mon empathy help us cre­ate a plat­form to ques­tion and act on the chal­lenges we face in the future. When deployed wisely design and archi­tec­ture can bring us pleas­ure, choice, strength, decency and much more, but if abused, the out­come can be waste­ful, con­fus­ing, humi­li­at­ing and dangerous.

None of us can avoid being affected by design, whether or not we wish to. It is so ubi­quit­ous that it determ­ines how we feel and what we do, often without our noticing.

Our world is chan­ging and how we edu­cate for that world is chan­ging too, this day event will weave some threads of how we might tackle, under­stand and reflect on these changes.


Design Competition: Sustainable Laundry (May 2013)

Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2013

A competition for creative, enthusiastic designers or design students from around the globe. Showcase your innovations and you could win a Nexus tablet.

See details at the website.

Making Futures: Interfaces between craft knowledge and design: new opportunities for social innovation and sustainability (Sep 2013, Plymouth UK)

Dates: 26-27 September 2013
Location: Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, UK
Deadline for submissions: 10 May 2013

The CALL FOR ABSTRACTS is now open and the closing date for receipt is 10th May 2013. Making Futures invites submissions from artists, craftspeople, designers, curators, historians, theorists, campaigners, activists, and representatives from public and private institutions with an interest in the relationship between contemporary craft practice, sustainability and social issues.

Making Futures aims to investigate contemporary craft as a ‘change agent’ within 21st century society – particularly in relation to global environmental and sustainability issues, social equity and social innovation practices. In doing so, it tries to explore whether these imperatives present opportunities for the crafts to redefine and reconstitute themselves as more centrally productive forces in society.

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