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:

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* 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 15:37

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: and please register for the conference here.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

Kind regards,

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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PhD defence Sharing is Caring. Thick Documentation in Participatory Design

Posted by Jessica on Monday September 12th 2016 at 09:05

September 20th social spaces researcher Jessica will defend her PhD dissertation. If you want to join this, please subscribe by September 12th (send an email to



Slotmoment Kolenspoor

Posted by Jessica on Monday September 12th 2016 at 08:37

De Andere Markt en de masterstudenten Architectuur sluiten het Kolenspoorproject af op vrijdag 23 september. Jij kan erbij zijn, maar inschrijven is verplicht. Zie uitnodiging.



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