Sustainable Summer School: a unique collaboration of REcentre and Institute without Boundaries

Posted by Selina on Thursday April 28th 2011 at 13:55

From 19 – 25 August 2011 REcentre organises a summer school on sustainable design together with the renowned Institute without Boundaries (Toronto, Canada). It involves a seven day course, aiming to provide participants with new insights via an intensive curriculum in the field of sustainability and design. The Institute without Boundaries’ faculty join forces with Euregional lecturers to accompany the participants. The programme has an interdisciplinary design approach. The Sustainable Summer School is targeted at designers, students, teachers and enthusiasts of all possible backgrounds. Three site specific case studies will be tackled: Public Space (Liège, B), Food (Maastricht, NL) and Water (Hasselt, B) sharing the common theme of ‘Identity’.

For more info and registration, see: or mail to:

Also, check out the online presentation:

“Create Your Own 2011” event – May 30 & 31, 2011 in Berlin

Posted by Katrien on Tuesday April 26th 2011 at 11:23

Mass customisation and personalization have been shown to be a successful business model. But only recently we are seeing a surge in new start-ups and offerings by established companies.

Supported by the European Commission, research projects Open Garments and Servive are hosting the first “Create Your Own 2011” event in Berlin (30-31 May 2011) – a business symposium and an exhibition that brings together some of foremost European thinkers and doers in mass customization, personalization and customer co-design .

This networking event shall provide a hub for discussion, showcase experience and offer participants to expand their network with a focus on start-ups and open-minded entrepreneurs in business-to-consumer (BTC) markets.

On May 30, the event kicks off at 5pm with an opening of an exhibition of European mass customization entrepreneurs and their products, and a reception and open press conference.

On May 31, a full-day business symposium will feature over fifty co-creation entrepreneurs, makers, researchers, technology experts, policy maker, and investors from around Europe. Plenary presentations and panels will look into the market for mass customisation, new business models, and the latest technologies that make it happen.

The agenda, further information and registration can be found here

Congratulations Liesbeth

Posted by Katrien on Tuesday April 12th 2011 at 20:24

Today, Liesbeth Huybrechts successfully defended her Phd Thesis called “Participatory creation is risky. A roadmap of participatory creation processes and the shifting role of creative ‘things’.” at the University of Leuven.
We, as her colleagues at Social Spaces, want to congratulate her with this marvellous achievement.

Great job, Liesbeth!!

Andrea, Ben, Danny, Jessie, Katrien, Lila, Maarten, Marjan, Niels, Patrick, Rosanne, Sandy, Selina & Thomas


Posted by Selina on Tuesday April 12th 2011 at 09:57

On Wednesday April 6th, Social Spaces visited the i_beta/preview night in Heerlen (the Netherlands). The i_beta/event 2011 – which will take place on May 12th and May 13th – is organized by Social Beta, the – centre for media__culture__society. The i_beta/event is an event for creative professionals, entrepreneurs and students interested in new ideas on economy, society and culture. With keynotes, lectures and workshops on new business models, design, Het Nieuwe Werken and e-culture, i_beta/event 2011 is an ideal place to get inspired and to connect. The i_beta/event will take place in Heerlen (NL).

During the i_beta/event preview, Social Beta gave us an impression of what to expect on the on i_beta/event 2011. At Popstage Nieuwe Nor in Heerlen (NL), we had a live panel discussion – hosted by João Evangelista – with the “from Rust belt to Artist belt” conference in Detroit (USA). During the discussion, we talked about the transition of industrial cities to creative cities and shared experiences with the panel in Detroit. Afterwards, some of us did an interesting brainstorm on the ambition map of Eutropolis. The ambition map aims for increasing the visibility of Eutropolis’ ambitions and challenges. You can find the map here!

Social Spaces will also be present at the i_beta/event in May! We will present our “Open Garments” project, do a mapping session with Fashionclash and participate in a Master class on re-thinking the ambition map of Eutropolis. We will also co-organize a PuntKom-session on Friday May 13th.

Check out the i_beta/website for more information on the event. You can also buy your tickets for the event here!

Call for papers: Cumulus Denver 2011

Posted by Selina on Tuesday April 5th 2011 at 11:09

The Cumulus Denver 2011 conference – “From Understanding to Design and Back Again” – invites you to submit conference papers that address the conference themes and/or sustainability design focus.

The main theme of the conference is “From Understanding to Design and Back Again: Creating a Sustainable Present”. Sub-themes include (but are not limited to): human-centered design, research, ethics and sustainability, sustainable design, art and theory, green design, education, Fine Arts as part of global discourse, collaboration, trans/multi/inter/disciplinary and new frontiers and innovation.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is April 15th, 2011. 20-30 Abstracts will be selected for 50-minute conference presentations (approximately 25-30 minute presentation and 15-20 minute discussion) in Denver.

The Cumulus Denver 2011 conference takes place in Denver, Colorado (U.S.A.) from September 29th until October 1st. For more information, see:

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