Emerging Practices: Design Research and Education Conf (Oct 2014, Shanghai China)

Dates: 13 October 2014
Location: College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Contact: Davide FASSI (emergingpractices@tongji.edu.cn)
Deadline for submission of proposals: 16 June 2014

Part of the Shanghai Design Week (October 10-17, 2014)

In this new era, design must, and is currently being, redefined. Social and economic changes impel designers to “think bigger.” For the design discipline, the expanding roles and tools of design make it more possible than ever to connect and to integrate multi-disciplinary knowledge within the social and economic context, and to tackle real world problems. Moreover, during the course of blurring the boundaries between professions and developing new approaches, design explores the new frontier by dealing with matters that center around goodness, happiness, and wellbeing of the entire human community. Design is immersed in values that were not even recognized a couple of decades ago, and the legitimization of design will now be measured more on how it can enable us to survive on this planet. Such emerging design practices and thoughts raise the bar for design knowledge, in terms of its breadth, depth, and complexity. The areas where they start to grow, especially the intersections between design professions, approaches, and values, merit a closer examination.

Based on the above observation, Tongji University’s College of Design and Innovation (Shanghai, China) hosted the first Design Research and Education Conference titled “Emerging Practices” in 2012. This conference, since its very beginning, is devoted to exploring the new practices, values, and approaches arising from, or influential to, design and design education. It is an arena in which these three concepts are explored by facilitating heated discussions respectively or in an integrative manner. We sincerely invite scholars, researchers, practitioners, educators, and design students, interested in the possibilities the wide spectrum of design offers, to participate and contribute their ideas. This conference has been developed into a regular unit of Tongji Design Week, during which a series of design research-and practice-based events are held in October every year.

We are pleased to announce here that the third Emerging Practices: Design Research and Education Conference will be held on October 13th, 2014. This conference will be organized as an interactive form, providing discussions that will be able to facilitate participants to further develop their original ideas and proposals. Full papers will be completed after the conference and will be compiled into the conference proceedings with an ISBN number.

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Special Issue of The Design Journal: Visual Communication Design in the Balkans (July 2014)

Website: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/journal/the-design-journal
Deadline for expression of interest: 31 July 2014

Editors: Dr. Jilly Traganou, Dr. Artemis Yagou

We are working on a special issue on the role of visual communication in the Balkans to be published in December 2015. We invite papers that discuss contemporary visual communication practices across the Balkans or in its specific territories.

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J Communication Design (July 2014)

Website: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/journal/journal-of-communication-design/
Deadline to submit abstracts for 2015 publication: 1 July 2014

Editor-in-Chief: Teal Triggs, Royal College of Art, UK

Bloomsbury Publishing is delighted to announce that from 2015 it will be the publisher of Journal of Communication Design: Interdisciplinary and Graphic Design Research, the official publication of Icograda (The International Council of Communication Design). Journal of Communication Design was originally launched by Icograda in 2009 as an online publication called Iridescent with the aim of providing a platform to share ideas and findings between scholars and researchers across different cultures and to facilitate collaboration between the members of the Icograda network.

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Volume 2 of the International Handbook of Internet Research (June 2014)

Contact: internet.research.handbook@gmail.com
Deadline for abstracts for chapters: 1 June 2014
Deadline for full chapters: 1 September 2015

Editors: Jeremy Hunsinger, Lisbeth Klastrup, and Matthew Allen

After the remarkable success of the first International Handbook of Internet Research (2010), Springer has contracted with its editors to produce a second volume. This new volume will be arranged in three sections, that address one of three different aspects of internet research: foundations, futures, and critiques. Each of these meta-themes will have its own section of the new handbook.

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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.



. Glimpses of architecture, instants, daily moments without filter: they all, in different ways, tell the story of the life of the buildings that make up a contemporary city.

[…] In the early hours of the morning, the commuters are vulnerable, naked, and the pictures that I snap of them without being seen, reveal the raw and melancholic mosaic of a city that I’ve called my home for twenty years”

Antonio Monda – Author – “Inside the Naked City”


This Photo contest aims at selecting pictures linked to the thematic relationship between the modern city and the people inhabiting it. Streets, squares, buildings and borders…. are a daily part of people’s lives, they become essential elements of who we are and of how we perceive a city.


The city is what represents us, what shows us for what we are, our mission is to portray it realistically, for what it actually is. We live her, we play with her, we leave her, we fall in love with her and then, day by day, we underestimate her.


Let’s try to prove our love with a photo, making her feel what we feel for her. Let’s undress her…leave her naked.



The participation is free; every architect, student and professional or amateur photographer, without age limits can participate. It is possible to participate only as individual and not in a group. To participate send a mail to lacittanuda@gmail.com with a maximum of five pictures. Specify the author’s name and the surname, the image’s title, the represented town’s name and a short description (ten lines maximum) about the picture and the photographic project. The jury will select the most representative pictures and the winner. Every selected picture will be expose to a public exhibit in October at MEM – Mediateca del Mediterraneo in Cagliari (Italy) and they can be published online. The author will print the pictures considered appropriate and send to an address that will be communicated at a later stage, while the promoters will print the winning picture.

For further information please refer to the website: http://lacittanuda.wix.com/home

TOURETTE_Journal#0: WideOpen Call for Calls (22 June 2014)

Call for Calls

Call for Calls


Website: tourette-journal.tumblr.com

Deadline: 22 June 2014

Eligibility: Anybody is eligible. Authors may have a non-architectural background, but the call must fuel innovative debate within contemporary architectural discourse. Group submissions are allowed.

TOURETTE_journal looks at architecture as a loose and ever-changing discipline, dealing with everything spatial directly and by way of digital culture, shifting institutional ground, political and sociological issues, representational modes, drones and gorillas. Tourette recognizes the power of architectural discourse in the shaping of the discipline and the profession, and wishes to provide an open platform for the proliferating of ideas, debate and disagreement on issues related to the project of architecture in contemporary culture.

CALL: WIDEOPEN: Call for Calls offers winning applicants the opportunity to curate one issue of the journal and contribute to the all-too-contemporary quest for relevancy within architectural discourse. At a time of collective and disciplinary crisis, in which architecture is looking outside of itself in order to redefine its boundaries, WIDEOPEN looks for intriguing questions rather than easy answers, challenging doubts rather than soothing certainties. WIDEOPEN challenges issues of authoriality within the discipline by soliciting a collective effort and foregrounding participation. The first issue of the journal, gathering the collection of accepted calls, will read as a crowd sourced manifesto of contemporary architecture. The whole structure of the journal will revolve around this first issue, expanding it and implementing its scope.

THEMES: Submitted call for papers will deal with one of the following macrothemes/tagwords, expanding it, stretching it and counterubbing it in any way possible. The tagwords are intended to cover some significant moments in the process of design, but are intentionally ambiguous so as to encourage the most diverse interpretations of them:








May 2014: Call for Calls

22nd June: Submission deadline

29th June: notification of acceptance

August 2014: Tourette#0: WideOpen issue release

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: For submission details refer to website: http://tourette-journal.tumblr.com/

Intl Conf on Robotics & Biomimetics (Dec 2014, Hanoi Vietnam)

Dates: 5-10 December 2014
Location: CHANGED Bali, Indonesia
Website: http://www.robio2014.org
Deadline for submissions: UPDATED 31 July 2014

The theme of Robio 2014 is “Robots that serve people”, reflecting the ever growing interests in research, development and applications in the dynamic and exciting areas of robotics and biomimetics. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is located on the bank of the Red River in the northern section of the country. Hanoi has been inhabited since 3000 B.C. The city is nicknamed the “city of lakes”. Halong Bay, the World Unessco Heritage Site, is one of the most popular attractions and only 150km away from Hanoi. In 2012, the New 7 Wonders Foundation officially named Halong Bay as one of new seven natural wonders of the world. Robio 2014 promises to be a great event for all participants, with excellent technical and social programs.

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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


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

Research Through Design conference (March 2015, Cambridge UK)

Dates: 25-27 March 2015
Location: Cambridge, UK
Website: http://researchthroughdesign.org
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 4 July 2014

We are excited to invite submissions for the second bi-annual Research Through Design (RTD) conference, to be held in Cambridge, UK, between the 25th and 27th of March 2015. RTD supports the dissemination of practice-based research through a novel and experimental conference format, comprising a curated exhibition of design research accompanied by round-table discussions in “Rooms of Interest.” The exhibition will be used as a platform for presenting and demonstrating research processes and outputs, and for generating debate about the role of the design practitioner and their work in a research context. Building on the success of inaugural RTD conference held in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2013, the second conference, RTD 2015, is to be hosted at Microsoft Research’s new European lab in the centre of Cambridge, which promises to be an exciting venue for exploring what design practice means in the early-21st Century.

RTD 2015 aims to foreground the materiality of design research, placing its artefacts, processes, and practices centre stage. We invite submissions from researcher-practitioners documenting research through design projects, including descriptions of methods, processes and insights emerging from a design inquiry and offering a departure point for rich discussion. Criteria for selection are based on the authors¹ presentation of artefacts (constituting research process or outcomes) as central to their submission; the artefacts will be included in the curated exhibition, and papers should accompany the exhibited artefact in a presentation of ‘research through design’ at the conference.

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