EESD15: 7th Intl Conf on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (Jun 2015, Vancouver Canada)

Dates: 9-12 June 2015
Location: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Website: http://eesd15.engineering.ubc.ca
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 16 September 2014

The 2015 Engineering Education for Sustainable Development conference at the University of British Columbia will explore current and future ways of thinking in this emerging field and celebrate the ground-breaking work accomplished in EESD since 2002. After 6 successful EESD conferences, EESD15 will be the first to be held outside of Europe. EESD15 is the premiere forum for contributing to, and learning about, engineering education for sustainable development.

Please refer to the website for details.

Conference on Product Lifetimes And The Environment (PLATE) June 2015, Nottingham (UK)

Dates: 17-19 June 2015
Location: Nottingham UK
Website: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/plate_conference/index.html
Deadline for submissions: 8 September 2014

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Call for Papers 

Nottingham Trent University is pleased to be hosting the first international conference to examine Product Lifetimes and the Environment in the context of sustainability. This ground breaking event will include keynote presentations, discussion, debate and workshops, an exhibition and gallery of artefacts, and a gala dinner.

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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.

Design Ecologies: Challenging anthropocentrism in the design of sustainable futures (June 2015, Stockholm)

Dates: 7-10 June 2015
Location: Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Stockholm, Sweden
Website: http://nordes.org/nordes2015
Deadline for submissions: 7 January 2015

Design hinges a natural-artificial continuum through humans’ natural capacity to produce what we call ‘the artificial’. At a time when human activity is threatening biodiversity and causing severe climate change, it becomes obvious that natural and artificial systems can no longer be conceived in isolation but only in relation to each other – or indeed as one.

The coupling of natural and artificial systems poses challenges due to its complexity and partly reveals the anthropocentrism that has traditionally characterised design. Several questions arise in this context. How can design practices embrace pluralism by recognising, in the manifestation of design itself, biological as well as cultural diversity? In other words, how do we in design, and beyond, move from the kind of ego-system we seem to be so trapped in towards the kind of eco-system everyone and everything can gain from? How are designers, educators and researchers of design currently engaging with these challenges, and how might or should they engage with them in the near future? Designers in Scandinavia have shaped and influenced many local human societies to an important extent through a legacy of democratic and user-centred values. How can these be extended to acknowledge and celebrate humans’ cohabitation on a global scale to also include the myriad of all other existing species and systems at alternative scales in time and space? How can the various design practices be genuinely sensitive to ecological complexity? And how can they be understood, designed and studied in relation to each other – or indeed as a whole?

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11th Intl Conf on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability (Jan 2015, Copenhagen)

Dates: 21-23 January 2015
Location: Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
Website: http://onsustainability.com/the-conference/call-for-papers
Deadline for submissions: 19 June 2014

Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, focused discussions, or colloquia are invited, addressing sustainability through one of the following themes:

• Environmental Sustainability
• Sustainability in Economic, Social & Cultural Context
• Sustainability Policy & Practice
• Sustainability Education

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to one of The Sustainability Collection of journals for possible publication. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, community membership includes the option to submit a video presentation, and/or submission to the journal for peer review and possible publication in one of The Sustainability Collection journals.

We hope you will be able to join us in Copenhagen, Denmark for this important discussion, and we look forward to receiving your proposal!

The Sustainability Conference will be exploring the special focus, “Sustainability Dividends – Development Fault Lines.” Read more about the theme.

Annual conference of the Universities Arts Association of Canada (October 2014, Toronto)

Dates: 23-26 October 2014
Location: OCAD University, Toronto
Website: http://www.uaac-aauc.com/en/conference
Deadline for submissions: 18 June 2014

THE TENSIONS AND SYNERGIES OF AESTHETICS OF ‘DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY’

Paradoxically, while sustainability has become a keyword of contemporary reorientations of design practices and theories, most research endeavors have been devoted to improving efficiency or performance and few to understanding the influences of these injunctions on culture on the one hand, and design thinking on the other. How designers address the ever increasing environmental expectations or even, how they maintain a creative balance between ethics and aesthetics, remains largely unaddressed in recent design theory.  This session is focused on the questions regarding the tensions between cultural and technical responses of design for sustainability that cross the main disciplines concerned with design thinking, be it at the scales of product, architecture, landscape, and urban design. Do designers go beyond current injunctions of environmental norms, certifications, and policies in order to maintain a creative balance between ethics and aesthetics in their projects? Is the aesthetic tension between form and content emerging as a new framework for designing more sustainable environments?

Session Chair: Carmela Cucuzzella, PhD
Affiliation: Graduate Program Director, Certificate in Digital Technologies in Design Art Practice
Assistant Professor, Design and Computation Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University
Email address : carmela.cucuzzella@concordia.ca

Eco-Architecture 2014 (Sep 2014, Siena Italy)

Dates: 24-26 September 2014
Location: Siena, Italy
Website: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/14-conferences/eco-architecture-2014.html
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
Website: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/14-conferences/eco-architecture-2014.html
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
Website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cfp/tsuecfp.pdf
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
Website: https://www.biomimicrydesignchallenge.com/
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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