DESIGN LATITUDES: An exhibition mapping the innovations, influences and future directions of design studies in the north

Dates: May 12 to June 6, 2015 (Reception: May 21, 7 to 10 pm)
Location: Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton (53.53° N), Canada
Deadline for proposals: 6 February 2015
Website: www.designlatitudes.ca

DESIGN LATITUDES: CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS
An exhibition mapping the innovations, influences and future directions of design studies in the north

This exhibition is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta.

The Design Latitudes exhibition explores shifts of ‘latitude’ and frontiers of ‘north’ in relation to our interdisciplinary Design Studies program at the University of Alberta, which connects design education to research, practice, industry and community engagement. ‘Latitude’ encompasses both geographical context as well as breadth of freedom of action or thought. ‘North’ is bordered geographically, framed in opposition, and conceptualized through a diversity of lenses, experiences and spaces. This exhibition will reflect on, articulate and critique aspects of design education by documenting our past, situating our present and envisioning our future possibilities. Beyond looking at the legacy and prospects of our own program, we hope that Design Latitudes will generate dialogue and debate on how to equip designers to meet the needs of communities in the north and beyond.

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Design4Health 2015: Synergies of Practice (July 2015, Sheffield UK)

Dates: 13-16 July 2015
Location: Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Website: http://www.design4health.org.uk
Deadline for submission of abstracts: UPDATED 14 January 2015

We will be holding the third European conference on Design4Health at Sheffield Hallam University in July 2015. There is now just one month to go until the deadline for submission of abstracts on Monday 5th January and I am pleased to attach the Call for Papers for Design4Health2015.  A detailed Call for Papers is available at http://research.shu.ac.uk/design4health/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/D4H2015-call-for-papers.pdf.

This year’s theme is Synergies of Practice.

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Chapter Proposals for Heritage as a path to innovation: a reflection on European Design in the near future (March 2015)

Website: http://www.masterofeuropeandesign.com/
Deadline for submission of notice of interest: 2 March 2015

Recently, a wealth of discourses is proposing design as a discipline capable of bridging the gap between academic research and everyday applications, innovation theories and companies’ capacities, cultural mixes and society/citizenship renewal. However, rather than benefiting from these interests, design is often squeezed into too many faulty statistics and incomplete reports, that make the disciplinary field increasingly slippery. Design is infinitely expanding its interests: from products to services, systems, cultures, strategies, citizenship, and so on. Issues are requiring further investigation, while the complexity and the turbulence of the actual socio-economical system are seeking a clearer disciplinary focus, that could easily communicate design to all potentially interested parties – from companies to policy makers, and citizens.
How can we map the contemporary/future practices of design?
Which are the important shifts to be proposed/envisaged in design education?
Which topics are relevant for current design PhD paths?
What would a European perspective on this disciplinary shift look like?

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IDEA Journal 2015: Urban + Interior (March 2015)

Website: http://idea-edu.com/journal/2015-idea-journal/
Deadline for expressions of interest: 31 March 2015

Academics, research students and practitioners are invited to submit design research papers and critical project works that make a contribution to the discipline of interior design/interior architecture through an engagement with the provocation of URBAN + INTERIOR for the IDEA JOURNAL 2015. http://idea-edu.com/journal/2015-idea-journal/

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CHI 2015 Workshop: Ecological perspectives in HCI: Promise, Problems, and Potential (April 2015, Seoul Korea)

Dates: 18-19 April 2015
Location: Seoul, Korea
Website: http://rizzo.media.unisi.it/EPCHI2015
Deadline for submissions: EXTENDED 19 January 2015

Given the important, and ever increasing, role played by “ecology” and related terms in HCI, there is a need for the field to reflect on the history and state of the art in employing ecological concepts and perspectives, and outline directions for future development. This one-day workshop will contribute to addressing this need by providing a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss the promise, problems, and potential of ecological perspectives in HCI.

The aim of the workshop is to reflect on interpretations and uses of ecology and related concepts in HCI research and explore the future of ecological perspectives in HCI.  In particular, the participants will discuss the potential of ecological perspectives for supporting rich and meaningful analysis, as well as innovative design, of interactive technologies in real-life contexts.

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CHI2015 Workshop: Supporting Children to Engage in Play for Wellbeing (April 2015, Seoul Korea)

Dates: 18-23 April 2015
Location: Seoul, Korea
Website: http://di.ncl.ac.uk/playwellbeing/
Deadline for submissions: 5 January 2015

Contact: playwellbeing.chi@gmail.com

Engaging children and young people in play for wellbeing is coming to prominence in HCI and interaction design research. This includes the creation of play to support therapy, organized play with children with additional needs and also exploring how to facilitate opportunities for spontaneous play that have the potential to enhance wellbeing. This workshop aims to develop an understanding of how we can engage children in playful activities, explore challenges in designing for play and identify strategies to support it.

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NORDES 20115: Design Ecologies: Challenging anthropocentrism in the design of sustainable futures (June 2015, Stockholm Sweden)

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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