Call for papers Cumulus//Helsinki 2012

Posted by Katrien on Thursday November 10th 2011 at 11:26

Open, participative cities: how design knowledge can support public services in the development of open, participative human environment”
The Cumulus conference, interlinked in the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, is organized in the premises of Aalto University, in the School of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland and in the neighboring city of Espoo.

The Cumulus conference organizing committee is pleased to announce the first call for abstracts/proposals (deadline 15the of November)

For more information can be found 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:

DESIS Forum: open call

Posted by Selina on Monday February 21st 2011 at 13:33

On May 21st, DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) will host DESIS Forum/Paris – which will be held back-to-back with the Cumulus Conference ‘Crossing Talents: transversality in design’ – in Paris, France. DESIS Forum is about moving beyond mainstream models of thinking and doing and inventing new ways of living and producing. They are viable and sustainable solutions to complex problems such as: social cohesion, urban regeneration, accessibility to healthy food, water and sustainable energy management. DESIS Forum is a format conceived to give design teachers and students the opportunity to showcase their projects, to present them and to exchange their experiences in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.

And to do so, DESIS has launched a call to submit projects in the format of “4-slides exhibit – 4-minutes presentations”. The collected projects will be presented in a light exhibition in the DESIS Forum and uploaded in the DESIS website. If you will be present at the DESIS Forum the May 21st in Paris, you may also be invited to make a short 4 minutes oral presentation of the project.

The deadline for the submission is 25th of April 2011 and you can find the call here.

DESIS) is “a network of schools of design and other schools, institutions, companies and non-profit organizations interested in promoting and supporting design for social innovation and sustainability. It is a light, no-profit organization, conceived as a network of partners collaborating in a peer-to-peer spirit.It is articulated in several DESIS-Local (that are sub-networks within a specified local area). DESIS-International is therefore the framework where the different DESIS-Local coordinate themselves and where some global initiatives are taken”. See:

Designing household energy practices

Posted by Liesbeth on Tuesday June 1st 2010 at 09:22

Our Social Spaces collegues Virginia Tassinari and Nik Baerten were part of Designing household energy practices. A “non-conference” bringing together designers, companies and academics “.…beyond awareness raising and formal education for sustainability, how could the affordance of products support new and more sustainable ways of living? After giving visibility to energy flows, how can design help to rethink the basic interactions with our domestic environment to scripting practices that requires less energy?” More information on this event, you can find here.

It has been an exciting week with the Cumulus conference coming to Genk. I will report on this conference more thoroughly soon, but first I want to congratulate our collegue Virginia Tassinari that she has been elected to be part of the Cumulus board. Two times a year she will, together with designers and thinkers all over the world, meet and exchange practices and knowledge.

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