PDC 2018, call for participation: Industry track

Posted by Selina on Wednesday September 6th 2017 at 10:03

To facilitate the participation of more Participatory Design practitioners coming from outside academia (+ more high quality submissions), the PDC 2018 organising committee has planned a special support process for them, instead of a dedicated industry track. If you are a PD practitioner working in the industry (e.g. commercial, government, and not-for-profit organizations) and would like to get a better grasp of how you can contribute and learn from the PD community this is for you!

There are still some slots available, until the 1st of October. For instructions, please see: https://pdc2018.org/submission-instructions/pd-practitioners-outside-academia-industry-track/

Call for participation: Dementia Lab 2017 – stories from design and research

Posted by Niels on Tuesday May 16th 2017 at 11:15

Andrea and Niels are working together with the German Robert Bosch Stiftung on bringing their way of designing for and together with persons with dementia to German Design/Art faculties.
This event is part of this project and this is the second version of this event.

More info on this event can be found at www.dementialab.com

Dortmund, 6 & 7 September 2017

dementialab event

Stefanie sitting next to person with dementia

For designers, researchers and educators working with people with dementia there are moments of joy when a design is well-accepted, there is appreciation shown for what was designed by caregivers and family members or the method that was used goes well, etc. Despite these positive elements, there are a range of underlying questions that come before, during and after the design process. These questions vary from such practical challenges as recruiting persons with dementia and making connections with dementia groups or care facilities to finding funding before a project begins or failing to have a method work as expected. Designers may struggle to find a find a way of communicating with people with dementia when words fail or have a hard time coping with the stress of dealing with people who are in constant mental and physical decline. Finally, once a design is made, designers and researchers often encounter resistance to the first iterations of the things designed or have difficulty integrating the designs into the routines of daily life and care.


In this second edition of the Dementia Lab event, we wish to support the sharing of these successes and failures by inviting Logo for event on design and dementiacontributions from designers and researchers who are designing for and together with persons with dementia. Besides the participant’s contributions two keynote speakers will try to provoke, stir or respond to the submissions.

For submissions, location, venue etc check www.dementialab.com


Posted by Selina on Tuesday April 18th 2017 at 09:17

Please find below the call for participation for the Participatory Design Conference in 2018, co-organised by Social Spaces, LUCA School of Arts.


The 16th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC)

Hasselt & Genk, Belgium, 20 – 24 August 2018


“Participatory Design, Democracy and Politics”

The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) is a conference with a long history in bringing together scholars who present research on the direct involvement of people in design, development, implementation, and appropriation activities of information and communication technologies, spaces, artefacts, and services. PDC brings together a multidisciplinary and international group of researchers and practitioners encompassing a wide range of issues that emerge around participatory design, encountered and discussed in multiple fields. These include, but are not limited to, HCI (Human-Computer Interaction), CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work), co-design, design research, CSCL (Computer Supported Collaborative Learning), ICT4D (Information and Communication Technology for Development), development studies, design anthropology, sociology, media studies, architecture and spatial planning, and arts.

In 2018, the Participatory Design Conference will be held in Belgium, in a year that is characterised by municipal elections in the region. Not only on a local level are things in motion; we are facing several challenges on a global level too: growing economic and social inequalities, growing migration rates, and a rise of xenophobia, right-wing upsurge and securitarian policies. PDC 2018’s theme, ‘Participatory Design, Politics and Democracy’, questions both the role of participatory design practitioners in the PD processes themselves and in the changing political landscape.

Please see the full call: https://pdc2018.org/

Also, join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram



* Full papers: 10 November 2017, 23:59 CET.

* First notification to full papers authors: 12 January 2018, 23:59 CET.

* Full-paper revised submission, Short papers, workshops, tutorials, doctoral colloquium and situated actions submission: 9 February 2018, 23:59 CET.

* Second and final notification of acceptance: 27 March 2018, 23:59 CET.

* Camera ready versions: 18 May 2018, 23:59 CET.


See below for the submission instructions.


Last call to registrate for the MEDIATIONS Conference organised by TRADERS

Posted by Jessica on Wednesday October 26th 2016 at 16:37

Please find below the last call for participation and registration for the closing conference of the TRADERS project, to which Social Spaces is closely connected.


MEDIATIONS – Art & Design Agency and Participation in Public Space
TRADERS closing conference
21st-22nd November – Royal College of Art

As one of six international partners of the EU project TRADERS – short for ‘Training Art and Design Researchers for Participation in Public Space’ – the RCA’s School of Architecture will host the project’s closing event this November. After three years of multidisciplinary research and a wide range of international events TRADERS will be drawn to a close in a two-day cross-disciplinary conference.

Within the TRADERS project we aim to scrutinise the ethical implications -such as artists’ and designers’ accountability- that are inherent to participatory processes, yet often remain underexplored by practitioners when working with -or in service of- the public. The conference will therefore explore how artists and designers can become critically aware of their agency in the pursuit of empowering publics in decision-­making for, and co-­creation of, public space. The keynote speakers Ramia Mazé (Konstfack University College of Arts Crafts and Design), Jane Rendell (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), Susannah Hagan (University of Westminster) and Usman Haque (Umbrellium) will explore how different participatory approaches can reconfigure existing power relations in art and design processes; how issues of gender play a role in the use, behaviour and appropriation of public space by a multiplicity of publics; how designers’ agency and attitude towards the design and production of public spaces have evolved over the last decades, and how new technologies can promote greater citizen participation in the design, use and sustainability of public space.

Through paper, exhibition, keynote and reflection sessions we will ask:
What alternative empowering practices exist in art and design that can promote citizen participation?
How can artists and designers “make a difference” within existing/established distributions of power?
How can they use their agency to empower others (e.g. citizens) to bring about desired social or political change?
In other words, through what means, modes and/or practices can artists and designers mediate between multiple actors with diverse agencies?

Please find more information on our website: tr-aders.eu/conference and please register for the conference here.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

Kind regards,

www.tr-aders.eu/conference // facebook.com/TRADERS.EU // tw: #MEDIATIONS_EU

Dag van de Trage Weg – kick-off van het nieuwe project WegenWerken

Posted by Jessica on Tuesday October 11th 2016 at 09:08

De Dag van de Trage Weg 2016 komt er aan.
Op 15 en 16 oktober worden in heel Vlaanderen activiteiten georganiseerd op, langs of over trage wegen en geven we ze samen al wandelend, fietsend, spelend en feestend de aandacht die ze verdienen. Ook in Genk!

Ga mee op ontdekking langs trage wegen en een aantal ‘voedselinitiatieven en -werkstations’ in Zwartberg.
Dit moment is ook de start van het project WegenWerken waarin de komende twee jaar toekomsttrajecten voor trage wegen in Genk worden uitgetekend. Daarom vieren we dit ook met een drankje en een hapje.

Wanneer? Zaterdag 15 oktober 2016, 15u-18u
Waar? PLOT, Marcel Habetslaan 7, Zwartberg (Genk)
Inschrijven? website Dag van de Trage Weg
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