NordiCHI 2014 Workshop: Designing Self-care for Everyday Life (Oct 2014, Helsinki Finland)

Dates: 27 October 2014
Location: NordiCHI 2014, Helsinki, Finland
Website: http://designingselfcareforeverydaylife.wordpress.com/
Deadline for submissions: 14 August 2014

In conjunction with NordiCHI 2014.

Managing chronic conditions can be challenging. People in such conditions, and the people around them, have to: deal with symptoms, adapt to the resulting disability, manage emotions, and change habits to keep the condition under control. Self-care technologies have the potential to support self-care, however they often disregard the complexity of the settings in which they are used and fail to become integrated in everyday life.

In this workshop we will discuss how to design self-care technologies that are in harmony with people’s everyday life. Therefore, we invite designers, researchers and practitioners to participate in a full-day workshop in which we will reflect on each other’s work, and do a design exercise with patients and caregivers. Non-academic participants can also attend without submitting a contribution if they wish to participate in the discussions.

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Design Anthropology in Participatory Design: From Ethnography to Anthropological Critique (Oct 2014, Namibia)

Date: 6 October 2014
Location: PDC2014, Windhoek, Namibia
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/pdcdesignanthro/home
Deadline for submission of position papers: UPDATED 28 July 2014

Workshop at PDC2014.

In this workshop we explore the opportunities of ethnography and design anthropology in Participatory Design (PD) as an approach to design in an increasingly global and digital world. Traditionally, ethnography has been used in PD to research real-life contexts and challenges, and as ways to involve people in defining user-needs and design opportunities. As the boundaries between physical, digital and hybrid spaces and experiences become increasingly blurred, so do conventional distinctions between research and design. The workshop invites participants in the field to explore opportunities of using design anthropology as a holistic and critical approach to societal challenges, and a way for anthropologists and designers to engage in design that extends beyond the empirical.

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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.

Summer School of Making (Aug 2014, Belgium)

Dates: 24 August – 5 September 2014
Location: Kortrijk, Belgium
Website: http://www.summerschoolofmaking.be
Deadline for application: ASAP

LEARN NEW SKILLS THIS SUMMER IN MOTION GRAPHICS / CREATIVE PROTOTYPING

Creative students or young professionals from all over the world come together in the final weeks of the summer in Belgium.
Are you a creative from a technical creative discipline such as: digital design, motion design, product design, architecture, industrial design, furniture design, typography, interior design, graphic design, animation,…? Come to Kortrijk to perfection your model making or motion design skills and learn from professionals from the industry. You can expect intense master classes, fully equipped workshops which are almost 24/7 at your disposal and a hands-on, international learning experience. In week 1 we organize a bunch of hands-on technical, creative workshops spread over 2 tracks: creative prototyping or motion graphics. If you want to put your new learned skills to the test, stay for another week in which we will challenge you with a creative and multidisciplinary design assignment.

Display Architecture: Department Stores and Modern Retail (July 2014)

Contacts: see below.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 July 2014

The opening in the mid-nineteenth century of the first “cathedrals of consumption” that were the department stores gave birth to an array of strategies meant to enhance the presentation of merchandize. From new materials (glass and iron) and new lighting techniques (electricity) to new technologies of mobility (the elevator) and new spaces for socializing (art galleries, writing rooms, or dressing chambers), nothing was spared that could turn the heads of even the most adamant enemies of shopping. The store was for display and display made the store.

This volume seeks to explore the interior and exterior architecture of department stores in new ways. It departs from the premise that the presentation of merchandize cannot be separated from modern materials and building techniques that have been the preferred topics of art and architectural historians so far. Consequently, the volume proposes to challenge the traditional hierarchy of materials and to replace brick and mortar, paint and stone with artificial flowers, theatrical props, tantalizing fabrics and wax mannequins ­ which, together, form a real architecture of display. By asking scholars to engage with new materials and new media, the panel proposes to redefine commercial display design as an essential component of modern art and architecture.

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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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Doctoral Workshops 2014: Becoming a Researcher (June 2014, UK)

Dates: 25-26 June 2014
Location: Alan Berry Building, Coventry University UK
Website: http://dartplus.org/events/future-courses
Deadline: ASAP

Reasoning, writing and presentation skills workshop

This two day workshop builds upon basic university training (for example generic study skills modules) through participatory sessions that encourage better understanding of the nature of research and how it may be communicated to others. The outcomes that you may expect include: how to refine research questions; how to form a logical argument; criteria for writing and presentation; and an understanding of the infrastructure that supports academic research. It is conducted within a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

On completion of this workshop, there may be an opportunity to also attend the later ‘training conference’ for research students, to be held 10 September 2014, when many of the lessons learned may be put into practice in a simulated conference environment.

See the website for more information.

call for paper Volume 06, Int|AR, journal of Interventions and Adaptivereuse

CFP_Volume 06 INTAR-s

 

The experience economy  in Building Interventions and Adaptive Reuse

In the global economic decline increasing interest in growth through creative industries that cater to enhanced consumption has resulted in new forms of tourism and culture. In the urban and architectural context, the experience economy and its design and production of experience has focused in particular on unprecedented spatial encounters within the built environment. From innovative tourism to hospitality and retail, the creation of such experience often originates from inimitable settings. In Volume 06 of Int|AR we seek built or unbuilt projects and ideas that uncover the hidden potential of existing spaces, buildings and structures, empty and unmarked, so as to gain new qualitative, and therefore economic, value for the production of new experience. We seek proposals of no more than 250 words interpreting and investigating the “the experience economy and adaptive reuse”

We seek proposals of no more than 250 words and welcome all interpretations and investigations of this topic.

– Proposals 250 words_ July 07, 2014 (first round)

– Notification of abstract acceptances by July 18, 2014

– Full Paper 1000-3000 words_ Sep. 29, 2014

Email to: intarjournal@risd.edu

http://intar-journal.risd.edu/

Closed Systems / Open Worlds (August 2014)

Contact:  ClosedandOpenBook@gmail.com
Deadline for précis: 1 August 2014

Edited by: Jeremy Hunsinger (Wilfrid Laurier University), Jason Nolan (Ryerson University) & Melanie McBride (York University)

This book will consist of explorations at the boundaries of virtual worlds as enclosed but encouraging spaces for exploration, learning, and enculturation. Game/worlds like Second Life, OpenSim, Minecraft, and Cloud Party are providing spaces for the construction of alternatives and reimaginings, though frequently they end up more as reproductions. We seek to challenge those spaces and their creativities and imaginings.

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