OpenSym 2015: the 11th Intl Symp on Open Collaboration (Aug 2015, San Francisco California USA)

Dates: 19-21 August 2015
Location: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Website: http://opensym.org/os2015
Deadline for submissions: 29 March 2015

The 11th International Symposium on Open Collaboration (OpenSym 2015) is the premier conference on open collaboration research and practice, including free/libre/open source software, open data, IT-driven open innovation research, wikis and related open collaborative media, and Wikipedia and related Wikimedia projects.

OpenSym brings together the different strands of open collaboration research and practice, seeking to create synergies and inspire new collaborations between computer science and information systems researchers, social scientists, legal scholars, and everyone interested in understanding open collaboration and how it is changing the world.

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2015 PhD Summer School on Integrated Product Development (May & Sept 2015, Malta and Germany)

Dates: 4-8 May 2015, 21-25 September 2015
Location: University of Malta and University of Magdeburg
Website: http://www.eng.um.edu.mt/~dme/jcb/ipdss/
Deadline for application: 28 February 2015

The University of Magdeburg (DE) and the University of Malta (MT) will be jointly running the *2015 PhD Summer School  on Integrated Product Development.  This Summer School is aimed at researchers interested in both understanding and researching the various interrelations between design, manufacturing and business aspects, as well as further aspects from the whole life cycle of a products/services.
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Special Issue of Architectural Theory Review: Corruption (Aug 2015)

Website: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/atr-cfp-corruption
Deadline for submissions: 30 March 2015

Special Issue: Corruption
Editor: Adam Jasper
To be published August 2015

The New York City 1916 Zoning Resolution was designed in order to ensure light reached the streets of Manhattan. It dictated massing at certain heights in a way that shaped the signature New York skyscraper up until the Second World War. In 1961, the successful example of the 1958 Seagram Plaza lead city authorities to rewrite the laws to encourage developers to create public places in exchange for extra height, and the form of the skyscraper changed again. Inside the building, the appearance and materials of office furniture also transformed in response to accelerations in tax depreciation. The privately owned public spaces that Seagram Plaza engendered include Zuccotti Park, that—thanks to ambiguities regarding police responsibilities—became the site of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests. According to the New York Times, in 2012 the Seagram Building had the lowest energy star rating of any structure in New York (at three out of a hundred), making it now illegal to build. Rules, whether adhered to or circumvented, shape cities.

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PLATE Conference, Nottingham, UK, 17-19 June 2015, Call for Workshops

We welcome proposals for workshops on topics related to product lifetimes, whether you want to discuss ideas for a report or journal paper, explore strategies or policies for industry / government, or plan research proposals. Please note that the closing date is 16 February 2015, at 12 noon. Exploratory contributions and work in progress will be considered. The final version of the contribution is expected by 11 May 2015.

Conference themes

PLATE will embrace a multi-disciplinary perspective including design, geography, anthropology, business management, economics, marketing and consumer behaviour, sociology and politics. The conference will explore the following themes, among others:

  • design approaches to product longevity
  • the role of product longevity in resource efficiency and waste reduction
  • strategies for product lifetime optimisation
  • cultural perspectives on the throwaway society
  • business opportunities, economic implications and marketing strategies
  • consumer influences on product lifetimes
  • policies, regulation and legislation.

Please see our website for further details.

2015 Student Web Awards

Building on our inaugural year’s success, the 2015 Student Web Awards contest promises to be another exciting event, showcasing the best in student Web design. The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

This contest is an online exhibition, juried by leading design practitioners and educators. The jurors selected for this event share a passion for design education and a commitment to supporting emerging design talent.

We invite you to submit the best of your student Web design work! All submitted work will be evaluated for both its visual and interactive merit. Each accepted work will be eligible to win awards in the following categories:

  • TYPOGRAPHY
  • VISUAL DESIGN
  • INTERACTIVITY
  • USER EXPERIENCE
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE
  • BEST IN SHOW

Contest entry is free. Only one submission per entrant. Multiple submissions will result in exclusion from the contest. Any Web design-related project completed while all team members were students is eligible. Only accepted entrants will be notified of the status of their submissions.

All submissions must be received no later than May 31st, 2015.

http://studentwebawards.net

Architecture of Alterity Conference | University of Edinburgh

Architecture of Alterity_Call for Papers

In a world where we face others that we do not understand, the question of alterity becomes essential to our critical thinking. Alterity is a philosophical term meaning “otherness” describing the ability to distinguish between self/not-self, while opening up the recognition of the existence of an alternative viewpoint. This 2-day international symposium will focus on interdisciplinary contributions that discuss alterity from a diverse perspective including spatial, architectural, political, cultural and philosophical. The overall objective is to create an educational forum providing an active dialogue between both postgraduate and early career researchers with seasoned scholars, while establishing collaborative links between regional and international universities.

We invite paper abstract submissions under the following 4-thematic session topics, plus an additional open category. Authors may submit only one paper per session topic. The same paper abstract may not be submitted to multiple topics. Please submit to one-of-five paper sessions:

  1. Space of Communicativity
  2. Global Architect of Alterity
  3. Unveiling the Political: Process, Identity and Alterity
  4. Conceptualizing Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives
  5. Open Category

Our intention is that these themes will be organized as separate tracks within the main symposium. We are delighted to also include keynote lectures from Simon Critchely, PhD, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy (New School of Social Research) and Michael Jenson, PhD, Associate Dean and Assistant Chancellor for Research (University of Colorado); and also invited presentations from Xavier Guillaume, PhD, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations (University of Edinburgh); and Dorian Wiszniewski, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Critical Theory (University of Edinburgh).

Please submit both a 400-word abstract (in PDF format) and short-bio or resume in English by e-mail to: ArchitectureofAlterity@gmail.com by 15th February 2015. Notifications of acceptance with peer-review comments will be returned after March 15th 2015.

The exact programme will be announced after acceptance of abstracts by 15th of February 2015.

Contacts

For any inquires, please contact: ArchitectureofAlterity@gmail.com or Liz Martin-Malikian: e.martin-malikian@sms.ed.ac.uk

 

 

Call for submissions to upcoming graphic design book “Design to Renourish: Sustainable Design in Practice”

Have you or your design team produced graphic design projects with people, planet, profit in mind, particularly while employing a sustainable systems approach? If so, we want to hear from you!

We’re looking for international case studies of sustainably produced print, digital, signage, and comprehensive branding campaigns for the upcoming book Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice by Eric Benson & Yvette Perullo (Focal Press).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 2, 2015

About the Book

Design to Renourish is a book for graphic design professionals who want to integrate a sustainable ethos into their workflow. The book is about being ethical, empathetic, and effective as a design professional for clients and society. It addresses the real life challenges of working with the client to create sustainable work by detailing various approaches to successfully completed client project case studies that embrace a sustainable systems methodology. The designers interviewed for each case study will explain how they collaborated with clients to achieve the most sustainable—and successful—outcome.
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iConference 2015 Workshop: ICT for Sustainability (March 2015, California USA)

Dates: 24 March 2015
Location: Newport Beach, California, USA
Website: http://iconf2015ict4s.120cell.org/
Deadline for submission of abstracts (1-2 pages): 15 February 2015

This workshop aims at establishing a community and potential research collaborations within the iSchools network to link efforts around ICT for sustainability. ICT can be a threat but also an enabler for environmental and social sustainability, in the form of systems that support the protection of natural resources, that foster communities and participation. Supporting systems build on many intellectual traditions within the information field (e.g., requirements engineering, software quality, life cycle analysis, value-based design, sustainable HCI). As information scholars, we have a responsibility to work on the survival and thriving of all life on this planet, as well as to think about related issues of long-term perspectives. Sustainability is thus a critical value for ICT researchers to embrace and strive toward.
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Algorithmic Practices: Emergent interoperability in the everyday (Sep 2015, Exeter UK)

Dates: 2-4 September 2015
Location: University of Exeter, UK
Website: http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm
Deadline for submissions: 6 Feb 2015

Sponsored by: The History and Philosophy of Geography Study Group

An ever-increasing proportion of the interactions that we have with digital platforms, apps and devices are mediated according to complex algorithms. Whether it be the real time analytics that draw us into playing a game on our phone, or tailored recommendations built from our historical searching and buying habits, we structure our daily lives in response to ‘performative infrastructures’ (Thrift, 2005: 224), most of them hidden deliberately by their makers.

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Community Now? The Politics of Participatory Design (Feb 2015, Berlin Germany)

Dates: 19-21 February 2015
Location: Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
Website: http://community-now.org/
Registration deadline: 8 February 2015

The international symposium focuses on emergent issues of urban grassroots movements, especially in relation to current social developments in Germany and Israel. Together with guests and projects from all over we explore how to promote processes of active participation and support a sustainable development of communities, their impact on policy making and on everyday life. The event is the closure of the German-Israeli research project “Communty Now?” between the Berlin University of the Arts and the Bezalel Academy Jerusalem.
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