Sustainable Summer School Report

Posted by Ben on Monday August 29th 2011 at 12:17

From 19th to the 25th of August I (Ben Hagenaars) participated in the Sustainable Summer School in an old castle in Geetbets, Belgium. The Summer School was organised by REcentre together with the Institute without Boundaries (IwB) and focused on sustainable design practise that revolved around three site-specific cases, i.e. Public space, Water and Food. Almost 40 people from various places and different backgrounds in Design, Business and Environment participated. They were divided into six groups: two food groups, two water groups and two public space groups. Expert facilitators from the IwB and REcentre supported each group.

Call for papers: Information Design Conference 2012

Posted by Katrien on Tuesday August 16th 2011 at 09:17

The Information Design Conference 2012 just launched their call for papers. The conference will be held in Greenwich, London on 12-13 april 2012 and invites contributions on following topics.

– design for healthcare and health promotion
– technical instruction and user guides
– information design for government and administration
– news graphics and data visualisation
– accessible and inclusive information design
– reference and learning materials
– visual and graphic literacy
– information design education and training
– transport information, wayshowing and signage
– forms and transaction interfaces
– financial and billing information.

More information on deadlines and how to submit, can be found on their website.

Design4Health conference and exhibition

Posted by Selina on Thursday August 11th 2011 at 15:03








On July 15th, we (Katrien Dreessen and Selina Schepers) were present at the Design4Health conference in Sheffield, UK. The conference was hosted by Lab4Living, a collaboration between the Art and Design and Health and Social Care Research Centres at Sheffield Hallam University and the users, consumers or customers. According to the organizers, the conference “was a focus for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss, disseminate and test their approach and methods. It challenged the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and engagement with users and stakeholders” (see:

Released: Volume #28: Internet of Things

Posted by Selina on Wednesday August 10th 2011 at 15:23

When things start talking back, you’ve become part of an Internet of Things. Auto-sensoring, basic intelligence, interaction, we’re increasingly part of a world were things and living souls are equally connected. The fridge is a node just as you are.”

On July 15th, Volume #28: Internet of Things was released. Diving into new dimensions of reality, into the consequences for design and for our understanding of our own position in the world, authors such as Stephen Gage, Shintaro Miyazaki, Nina Larsen, Edwin Gardner and Marcell Mars have contributed to the book.

For € 19.50, you can order a copy here. And if you want to know more, click here or send an e-mail to Valérie Blom at

Local Food, Local Homes: Pop-Up Restaurant by REcentre

Posted by Katrien on Tuesday August 9th 2011 at 11:02

From the 17th of August until the 4th of September chef Nora Rödner prepares a threecourse menu with local ingredients in the Pop-Up restaurant Local Food, Local Homes of REcentre. This temporary restaurant is hosted in a wooden pavilion that is designed by Maurer United Architects and is situated next to the Timmerfabriek in Maastricht (NL).

Dinner starts at 7 pm for 30 euro p/p (including drinks) and places are limited to 20 persons per evening. For further informations and bookings, visit the REcentre website.

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