Call for Applications: TRADERS Autumn School 2015

Posted by Selina on Tuesday June 23rd 2015 at 15:33

TRADERS Autumn School 2015 – on the role of Participatory Art and Design in the reconfiguration of work (in Genk)

10th – 14th of November 2015. Genk, Belgium.

We would like to invite you to participate in the Autumn School of the TRADERS project (European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme,, which will take place from Tuesday the 10th to Saturday the 14th of November in Genk (BE). It will be organized by the research groups of LUCA School of Arts (Campus C-mine), KU Leuven/Planning and Development and the Architecture and Culture Theory research units in collaboration with the TRADERS partners (Design Academy Eindhoven/Readership City and Countryside, Chalmers/Department of Architecture, RCA/School of Architecture and University of Gothenburg/HDK).

For application, send expression of interest before the 10th of August 2015 to Evi Donné ( with CV (including list of relevant work and/or publications) + a letter (max. 500 words) describing the motivation to participate in the Autumn School and how the Autumn School fits your past, current or future research interests (files should not exceed 5MB). We will inform you about your acceptance by the 1st of September 2015.

For further information about the TRADERS Autumn School, see the invitation in attachment: TRADERS_AUTUMNSCHOOL2015


Social Spaces @ the PLATE conference (Nottingham Trent University, UK)

Posted by Selina on Thursday June 18th 2015 at 13:09

Today, Social Spaces is at the first international conference to examine Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE), organised by the Nottingham Trent University (UK). This conference aims at reviewing current research on how and why increased product lifetimes have become an important element in resource efficiency, waste reduction and low carbon strategies for sustainability. In the context of sustainability, the conference embraces a multi-disciplinary perspective including design, geography, anthropology, business management, economics, marketing and consumer behaviour, sociology and politics. For more information, see:

At the PLATE conference, we (Katrien Dreessen, Liesbeth Huybrechts & Selina Schepers) are presenting our paper titled ‘Objects are actors too: the ‘hack-a-thing’ workshop series as a case for revising new user-object relationships’.


Second TRADERS Training Week: PLAY (Results)

Posted by Selina on Wednesday May 20th 2015 at 11:48

The second training week of the TRADERS project focussed on PLAY and participative methods for working with children and young adults on art and design projects in public space. Starting from an empirical case with children in the city of Gothenburg, the training week explored debate and writing as a method for research and reflection. This 6‐day training acted as a mutual learning and research process between the TRADERS Early Stage Researchers, peers, stakeholders, a child group and three invited experts. The training week was hosted by HDK, School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Public Time

Public Time

How is Life? Seminar on codesign and dementia (Copenhagen)

Posted by Niels on Monday May 18th 2015 at 08:51

As part of my research exchange in Copenhagen at the IT University and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) (will blog more on that later) I am involved in the organisation of a seminar on codesign and dementia. Experiences from doing participatory design in elderly care in Portugal, Denmark and Belgium will be shared.

If you happen to be in the neighbourhood you’re totally welcome.


Posted by Ben on Thursday May 7th 2015 at 12:35

In het kader van de call voor innovatie met de creatieve industrieën (CICI), werkt Social Spaces samen met Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL), en architectenbureau Lezze architecten het Speel-Goed project uit. (Maart 2015 – Maart 2016)

De doelstelling van het speel-GOED project is de ontwikkeling van interactieve spel-modules op maat van kinderen en volwassenen die de kwaliteit van de wacht-ervaring in ziekenhuizen verbeteren en de interactie tussen de bezoekers van de wachtruimtes stimuleert.


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