The Tao of Sustainability: An Intl Conf on Sustainable Design in a Globalization Context (Oct 2011, Beijing)

Dates: 27-29 October 2011
Location: Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Website: http://www.conference.lens-china.org
Organizers: Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing and School of Art and Design, Aalto University, Helsinki (formerly University of Art and Design Helsinki)
Hosting organization: Sustainable Design Research Centre, Art & Design Research Centre, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2011
Deadline for posters: 29 April 2011

This conference explores the possibilities of design in developing sustainable solutions for the future of mankind.

The constantly accelerating globalization with its rapidly growing flow of artefacts and consumption is a burden not only to the natural environment but to civilizations, communities and individuals. The deepening ecological crisis is a call also for design: in which ways can it help in solving problems of sustainability in the prevailing context of globalization?

Design as a reflection of the development of human civilization and as a powerful catalyst to social, economic and cultural developments, is also confronted with the opportunities and challenges brought by these current megatrends.

Main Theme: Sustainable Design Strategies in a Global Context

THEMES OF PARALLELL SESSIONS:

  • the direction and strategies of design  in a global context
  • social innovation and sustainable design
  • culture and sustainable design
  • pedagogy in sustainable design education
  • methodologies of sustainable design
  • service design/sustainability
  • business aspect of sustainable design
  • sustainable living environment

Please see full information of abstract submission, full paper deadlines, keynotes and  post-conference program at website   www.conference.lens-china.org.

All inquiries to this address:  sustainability@126.com

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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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