Proceedings of DRS 2012 available online

DRS 2012 Bangkok conference proceedings are now available on online.  The links are:

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Critique 2013: in intl conf reflecting on creative practice in art, architecture, and design (Nov 2013, Adelaide Australia)

Dates: 26-29 November 2013
Location: University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Deadline for submission of abstracts: UPDATED 7 April 2013

Critique, and by extension criticism, is a vital part of both the everyday creative-practice and teaching in the creative disciplines. The critique of creative works, such as buildings, drawings, images, or artworks, is pivotal for creative practitioners and the broader public to understand the work’s creative and cultural value. In other words, not just judgements of the aesthetic pleasure that the creative work might provide, but, more broadly, what cultural values and critical positions are expressed by the work. However, there are fewer and fewer opportunities and forums in which to mount such cultural critiques of creative practice and its production. The nature and role of critique is changing. So to the public’s perceived value of critique has waned since the 60s, and today is largely thought of as exclusionary intellectual navel-gazing that only permeates the walls of universities and academic journals. The more familiar everyday practice of debating the latest shock-jock celebrity gossip or news-cycle driven political sound-bite seems preferable to deeper and more meaningful interrogations of cultural and environmental questions. It would appear that perhaps both the critique and the critic are in need of cultural reinvention.

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Design Culture for Aging Well: Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’ (July 2013, Slovenia)

Dates: 1-3 July 2013
Location: Maribor, Slovenia
Deadline for submissions: 5 March 2013

Special Session (Special Track) on Design Culture for Ageing Well: Designing for ‘Situated Elderliness’ (paper presentations, keynotes from European senior organisations and a half-day design workshop), 1-3 July, Maribor, Slovenia at SouthCHI2013 (

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“Sustainable Lighting” special section at 5th Intl Conf on Advanced Design & Manufacture (Sep 2013, Spain)

Dates: 25-28 September 2013
Location: Valencia, Spain
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10 February 2013

ADM 2013 conference papers will be published in ‘Key Engineering Materials’ which will be indexed by SCOPUS, EI Compendex and other major abstract medias. The special session is organised by the consortium ‘Ecolights’, a project for market deployment of eco-lighting products, sponsored by the European commission CIP Eco-Innovation Programme.

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Sustainable Technologies and Transdisciplinary Futures: From Collaborative Design to Digital Fabrication (July 2013, Lisbon)

Dates: 8-12 July 2013
Location: ISCTE-IUL University Institute of Lisbon
Deadline for Applications: 1 April 2013

STTF2013 invites you to apply for a one week intensive programme of social and technical methods, in a transdisciplinary environment that will engage participants in both conceptual and practical activities with all four pillars of sustainability as background.

STTF2013 is intended for Master and PhD students, researchers, and professionals from STS, Product and Service Design, Social Sciences and Humanities, Architecture and Engineering, Communication and Media, Environmental Studies, Economics and Management, Computer Sciences, and others.

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BioTRIZ Workshop (March 2013, Bath UK)

Dates: 6-8 March 2013
Location: Bath, UK
Deadline for expression of interest: ASAP

We invite you at the workshop, which will take place in Bath (UK) 6-8 March 2013: “Theory of invention and Bio-inspired design”. THIS IS A SEMI-CONSULTANCY WORKSHOP: ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE WELCOME TO BRING THEIR PROJECTS AND COME BACK WITH FEASIBLE RESULTS.

You can find the  workshop schedule at:

You can have a look at the feedback from the last workshop  to get the impression of what it looks like:  and about our recent project:

Participants of the workshop get the comprehensive course materials in electronic form, DVD with animations and videos, workbook and certificate of attendance.

The price includes lunches, hot and cold drinks. Price: £330+VAT per day (you can choose the days to attend). There is a 50% discount for PhD and Masters students and 20% discount for academics in case they choose to attend all three days. There is also a discount for a group of representatives from the same company/organisation (please contact us to discuss).

Please contact the organizers via ASAP in case you are interested as we are finalizing the list of the participants.



The academic journal ARCHITECTURE_MEDIA_POLITICS_SOCIETY is calling for articles for forthcoming editions.

Its themes revolve around the relationship of architecture with questions of the media, politics and society in the broadest sense. Multidisciplinary papers are welcomed as particularly pertinent to the journal’s remit.  Papers may be historical or contemporary in their perspective and may project their arguments towards future developments.  The journal publishes monthly on-line and has a two yearly print version.

Please submit abstracts, works in progress or completed texts for consideration.

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